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Posted on: June 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Phase 3 Opening Monday; Statewide Impact Survey;


Governor Baker announced this afternoon that Phase 3 - Part 1 will begin Monday, July 6th, including:

  • moderate-sized movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers museums, indoor historic spaces
  • weddings and other events in parks and open spaces will also be permitted
  • limited organized youth & adult sports programs - indoors and outdoors

Also starting on Monday, indoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people or eight people per 1,000 square feet, whichever is less. Outdoors, enclosed gatherings are limited to 100 people or 25 percent of the area, whichever is less.

For all guidance, orders and updates related to the Commonwealth’s reopening plan please visit:  


Small businesses (business with fewer than 500 employees) are the backbone of local economies, and how they come out of this crisis is a crucial part of reopening. Your responses, combined with others, will help inform policy makers’ throughout Massachusetts with decisions about what support small businesses need as they reopen.  At the end of the survey, you will have a chance to provide your email address for a chance to win one of five $100 Visa Gift Cards. So make sure to complete the whole survey!

This survey should take less than 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will only be analyzed together with other responses, and will never be used to identify you personally. If you would prefer to take this survey in a language other than English, you can select a translation using the dropdown menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.

This survey will be open for a short period of time. Please respond as soon as possible. If you have questions or comments about this survey, please contact Rich Parr at The MassINC Polling group at [email protected] or (617) 224-1628.

To begin the survey, please click on this link: 

Thank you very much for your participation in this important project.


As I mentioned on Friday, the Baker-Polito Administration recently announced the annual sales tax-free weekend the weekend of August 29-30th. Please ensure businesses in your communities are aware of this upcoming event.

Upcoming Informative Events:

  • June 23 at 2 pm - How to talk to your landlord – especially for (but not limited to) restaurants sponsored by MA Restaurants United
  • June 25 at 9 am – Town of Brookline’s weekly virtual town hall meeting every Thursday at 9 am via Zoom videoconference:
  • Phone: +1 312 626 6799 
  • Webinar ID: 886 4446 5341

For a comprehensive list of updates including Brookline’s Small Business Grant, visit the Town’s Business Resources and Information site.

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