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Posted on: July 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] New public health signs available, July 23rd VTH, plastic bag ban suspension extended

Bi-weekly Virtual Town Hall Meetings for Brookline Businesses and Nonprofits:

The Town’s Small Business Development Committee continues to host regular virtual meetings with the Brookline business and nonprofit community. Town staff provide updates, answer questions, and participate in discussion with Brookline businesses and nonprofits regarding COVID-related issues and impacts. These meetings are held bi-weekly. The next meeting will be on Thursday, July 23 at 9am via Zoom:

To participate, use this Zoom meeting link: https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/j/1612853212

To listen by phone: +1 669 254 5252 or +1 646 828 7666

For reference - Webinar ID: 161 285 3212


Public Health Signs for Brookline Businesses Now Available:

In response to the business community’s request for signage to display in their storefronts that reinforces local and state COVID public health requirements, but in a welcoming, encouraging way to their customers, the Town of Brookline developed a set of public health signage that businesses can download, print, and display in their storefronts:

These signs are also available for download on the Town’s Business Resources and Information page.


Brookline Plastic Bag Ban Suspension Extended Through September:

On July 14, Public Health Director Dr. Swannie Jett announced that the emergency suspension of the town’s ban on single use plastic bags will remain in effect through September.

Plastic bag bans were suspended statewide in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Brookline’s will remain suspended through at least September.

The Brookline Health Department will reassess the bag ban suspension prior to the end of September and will announce whether or not it will be further extended.


De-escalation Tips:

De-escalation tips (courtesy of the City of Somerville’s Economic Development team) are available for reference: see a one-pager summary and presentation slides for their De-Escalation Training. These are resources for businesses to share with their staff in the event of tension or conflict with customers regarding new public health requirements.


Free Business Counseling Resources and Events:

  • Boston SCORE: SCORE Boston provides business mentoring from experienced advisors and free workshops at convenient locations. From startups to existing businesses looking to grow, the expertise SCORE provides helps entrepreneurs like you succeed.
  • Massachusetts Small Business Development Center: The MSBDC provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate. We provide free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses focusing on, business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low-cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small business.
  • Small Business Strong: Small Business Strong is a private and public sector partnership set up to help women and minority owned small businesses navigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that our 650,000 Massachusetts small businesses are the lifeblood of our towns, cities and communities. Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono resources to small businesses ranging from access to capital to consulting, business restructuring, business growth, digital marketing and customer engagement plans.

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