The following business entities are included in Step One of Phase II, and may reopen today with contingencies:
·Retail, with occupancy limits
·Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance
·Restaurants (outdoor table service only)
·Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings
·Warehouses and distribution centers
·Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring
·Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements
·Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance
·Outdoor recreation facilities
·Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions
·Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10
·Driving and flight schools
·Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours
·Funeral homes, with occupancy limits
The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step Two of Phase II at a later date to bedetermined:
·Indoor table service at restaurants
·Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including: hair removal and replacement; nail care; skin care; massage therapy; makeup salons and makeup application services; tanning salons; tattoo, piercing and body art services; and personal training, with restrictions
Two additional sets of Sector Specific Guidance have been released as well (click the hyperlink associated with each to access the guidance):
Health care providers may also incrementally resume in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits and vision care subject to compliance with public health and safety standards. Click here to access detailed reopening information for health care providers. All other in-person medical, behavioral health, dental and vision services may also resume on June 8th, except for elective cosmetic procedures and in-person day programs, which will be included in Phase III. Telehealth must continue to be utilized and prioritized to the greatest extent possible, whenever feasible and appropriate. Limited reopening of visitation will also begin, and all visitation is subject to infection control protocol, social distancing and face coverings.
MassWorks 2020 is now OPEN
The 2020 Round of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program is now open. The RFR and Application template are posted at: www.mass.gov/massworks. Please note the following:
-The deadline for proposals is on August 28, 2020 at 11:59PM. EOHED will be hosting two informational conference calls to answer questions about the program (scheduled for June 22nd and June 29th). Details on the conference line # will be posted on the website closer to the dates.
-This year, the online application will be on IGX, the upgraded version of IntelliGrants, which should be available starting Monday, June 8th. A link to the application portal will be added to the website when it is ready. We will also hold an online training on the use of the new system (scheduled for June 24th).
Imagining the Future - Business and Life After COVID-19
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
As a cure for this virus is developed and vaccines become available, the fears in our minds will gradually diminish. However, it may be 2 to 3 years before this fear factor gets to a point where we feel comfortable going tosports events, enjoying concerts or visiting crowded restaurants again. A new way of life and buisness will emerge and we will have to adapt. New business models will evolve; technology and artificial intelligence may play more important roles. More storefronts may become virtual. Home delivery and takeout may become the new norm. Those who adapt and stay ahead of the change will not only survive but thrive; those who do not may be left behind. This session will focus on:
Imagining life and business after COVID-19
Envisioning possibilities for our life and business
Discussing how to not only adapt to but lead the change
New Members of the BVCC
Please take moment and check out our most recent new members. Support them if you are able by purchasing gift cards, ordering take-out, or scheduling an appointment for a later date. We thank you all! Welcome New BVCC Members!
As a reminder, the BVCC Office is closed to in person meetings this week, but please do not hesitate to contact the staff of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. We are here to ensure your questions get answered, and your business needs are met.