Private fitness classes now allowed in Town-owned parks and open spaces through new temporary permit program: In recognition of the COVID-related challenges facing Brookline’s fitness businesses, the Town has created a temporary permit program to allow private fitness classes to be held in select Town-owned parks and open spaces through mid-November 2020. Businesses interested in taking advantage of this program should review the program description, and sign and submit the COVID Outdoor Fitness Safety Guidelines and a special permit-fitness application. Applications and inquiries can be directed to Alex Cassie at [email protected].
#DineOutBrookline: Tell your customers about the Brookline Chamber of Commerce’s Outdoor Dining Experience Contest! And, share photos of your outdoor dining experience using #DineOutBrookline and tagging the Brookline Chamber of Commerce: @BrooklineChamber on facebook and Instagram, @brooklinechmbr on Twitter. Bon Appetit!
Up to 100% funding for energy-savings measures for small businesses through August: Sponsors of the Mass Save program are issuing up to 100% of the costs of approved energy-saving measures until August 31st. Brookline businesses are confirming 100% of these recommendations are being paid for if action is taken before the end of August! The first step is to sign up for a FREE Mass Save Energy Assessment at masssave.com and choose a virtual or on-site assessment to evaluate your current energy use and review efficiency recommendations. - Thanks to Brookline’s Climate is Everybody’s Business program.
State moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, including small businesses, extended: This week, Governor Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020. Please remember to protect your credit! Whether or not you have worked out with your landlord a reduced or delayed rent schedule in writing, this now extended state bill also prevents property owners from reporting tenant payment delays to credit agencies IF tenants file notice per the state guidelines in a timely manner.
In case you missed it: To-go cocktails were approved by the state, allowing restaurants to sell sealed containers of mixed drinks with delivery or takeout food orders. Mixed drinks must be sold in sealed containers and customers will be limited to 64 ounces of mixed drinks per transaction.
We will continue to update COVID-related resources and news at: https://www.brooklinema.gov/305