Monthly Archives: March 2020

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Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities, School Districts During COVID-19 Outbreak

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration filed An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19,which would provide administrative relief to state and local government entities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including modifying local permitting processes, enabling municipalities to extend tax and finance deadlines, and extending deadlines […]

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Governor Charlie Baker Orders All Non-Essential Businesses To Cease In Person Operation, Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks

Today, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged […]

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Travel Leaders Across U.S. Send Joint Letter to Congress

More than 6,000 travel industry and related organizations on Friday sent a joint letter to congressional leadership requesting aggressive and immediate financial relief in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The signees—which include organizations in transportation, lodging, recreation and entertainment, food and beverage, meetings, conferences and business events, travel advising and destination marketing—represent […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Activates Massachusetts National Guard to Support COVID-19 Response

Governor Charlie Baker activated the Massachusetts National Guard on Thursday, March 19 to support the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, representing a significant addition of supply chain resources available to the Commonwealth and its residents. Governor Baker’s order authorizes activation of up to 2,000 National Guard members across the […]

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Mass Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available following a request received from Governor Charlie Baker […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Releases New Announcements on Childcare, Small Business Tax Relief and Unemployment Insurance Legislation Related to COVID-19

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced a series of new measures to adapt childcare operations, enhance the Commonwealth’s healthcare system’s capacity, assist small businesses, and support unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Childcare Operations: Governor Baker issued an Executive Order requiring all early education centers and family childcare providers […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Guidance for Executive Branch Employees

Photo Credit: Sam Doran/SHNS BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today issued new guidelines to Executive Branch employees to ensure core state government functions are able to continue and key services are able to be provided to residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, while protecting the health and safety of the Executive […]

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

On Monday, March 16, the Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19. The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by […]

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Massachusetts Announces Temporary Closure of Certain State Conservation and Recreation Managed Facilities

Due to the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced the temporary closure of certain agency managed facilities effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 through Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at which time DCR will reassess circumstances. Additionally, during the temporary closure all associated events […]

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