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Below are resources for advice on how your business and family can plan for and respond to the virus. We will update this page as information is made available.
| Please review the following updates re: COVID-19 and its impact on Small Businesses:|
Small businesses in Massachusetts can now apply for Economic Impact Disaster Loans at www.sba.gov/disaster.
The SBA has established a toll-free hotline for questions: 800-659-2955.
Need help with the loan application process? The U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE, and Women’s Business Centers will be providing workshops to answer questions and offer assistance.
Tax relief is on the way for small local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, particularly those in the restaurant and hospitality sectors.
Recently announced by the Baker-Polito Administration, the new tax relief measures include postponing the collection of regular sales tax, meals tax and room occupancy taxes, normally due in March, April and May, to June 20. All penalties and interest that would otherwise apply will be waived.
Please note a few eligibility details:
Businesses paying less than $150,000 in regular sales plus meals taxes in the year ending February 29, 2020 will be eligible for relief for sales and meals taxes.
Businesses paying less than $150,000 in room occupancy taxes in the year ending February 29, 2020 will be eligible for relief with respect to room occupancy taxes.
The Department of Revenue is currently drafting emergency regulations to implement these administrative relief measures. They are expected to be finalized before Friday, March 20, 2020.
Governor Baker also signed S.2599 to provide unemployment assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19. This legislation will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits.
You can read the Governor’s press release with additional updates here. The latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19 is available at mass.gov/COVID19
Overview and Monitoring
CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
Updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking the situation in the U.S. and the latest recommendations
CDC | Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
Updated information about Coronavirus for travelers and travel related industries
Massachusetts Department of Public Health | Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
An updated tracker of test results in Massachusetts and additional resources
US Chamber of Commerce
Coronavirus Resource Guide – A must read that is updated frequently
US Travel Association Toolkit
Travel and Tourism Industry Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC | Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Recommended strategies for employers to use now
OSHA | COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention External Link
An overview of information for workers and employers, including links to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and control and prevention
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America | Insurance-related Resources
Disaster planning toolkit, losses of business income implications, worker compensation, and more
Complete the Cape Cod Chamber’s Survey to help measure the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and report lost business during the crisis
The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center offers free advising services for small businesses in the area. Visit their website and complete the request form to set up an advising call.
How to Prepare for Recovery from the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center
SCORE Cape Cod is offering remote mentoring services for small businesses via phone, email, and video
Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit organizations are especially vulnerable during this unprecedented global crisis. Many rely on income from programs, fundraising events, and services which now cannot be delivered or implemented as planned due to limitations on public gatherings. During these uncertain times, sponsors and other supporters may consider limiting or scaling back their financial contributions. For a vast majority of small nonprofit organizations, these changes could be devastating, and may result in layoffs or organizations closing their doors for good. If you work for a nonprofit, please review the wonderful Mass Nonprofit Network resource below. If you support a nonprofit – or ever have – please consider maintaining or increasing your support wherever possible to ensure these vital service organizations can continue to sustain their operations and fulfill significant community needs both during and after this crisis.
Homeless Prevention Council has compiled a comprehensive web page of all available resources in the Lower Cape.
If you have been laid off from your job, apply for unemployment benefits here. As of March 18, 2020, the 7-day waiting period to apply for unemployment benefits has been eliminated. A Step-by-Step Guide for Filing for Unemployment in Massachusetts
The MassHire Cape + Islands Career Center is currently closed to foot traffic, but Career Center staff are still providing services to both job seekers and employers during this crisis. Visit their website for more information and resources for job seekers.
The Greg Hill Foundation has partnered with Samuel Adams to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers in Massachusetts who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families
Stop & Shop will open earlier to service customers age 60-and-over
Comprehensive list of free meal services and pickup sites for the Cape + Islands from EOS Foundation
Barnstable Schools offers breakfast and lunch to ANY child, regardless of school or town of residence
Monomoy Schools offers free breakfast and lunch for students beginning March 20, 2020
Nauset Schools offers free breakfast and lunch for students beginning March 17, 2020
Provincetown Schools offers food packs to provide three meals per day for students/families beginning March 16, 2020
Child Nutrition Outreach Program
The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) has created a master list and map of all the locations in Massachusetts acting as meal sites for children and families. Counselors at Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at (800) 645-8333 are also available to assist in connecting you to food resources, elder meal programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Friends’ Marketplace – Orleans
Friends’ Marketplace, at 57 Main Street in Orleans, has online shopping with delivery or curbside pickup available. The hot bar, salad bar, and self-serve bakery case will be adapted in order to protect the health of shoppers. Prepared foods, salads, and bakery items will be pre-wrapped and made available to meet your needs. Shop Now!
Lower Cape Outreach Council
The Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC) is offering curbside food pick-up at their Orleans location, 19 Brewster Cross Road, for clients in their service area from Harwich to Provincetown beginning March 18, 2020. Service hours this week for pickup will be from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Monday – Friday. For more information, please visit the LCOC’s website.
Nauset Public Schools
On Tuesday, March 17th, Nauset Public Schools will begin offering a “Grab-and-Go” service for students in order to provide free breakfast and lunch to all families. Meals will be provided for all children aged eighteen (18) years and younger. Meals will be provided at the following locations:
- Eddy Elementary School at 2298 Main Street in Brewster. Drive around to the back parking lot and pick up meals behind the school.
- Orleans Elementary School at 46 Eldredge Parkway in Orleans. Pick up meals at the front of the school.
- Eastham Elementary School at 200 Schoolhouse Road in Eastham. Enter the back parking lot where parent drop-off occurs.
- Wellfleet Elementary School at 100 Lawrence Road in Wellfleet. Drive into the first parking lot entrance and pick up meals by the cafeteria door.
The “Grab-and-Go” meals will be available for pick-up from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM daily, Monday through Friday. When you drive up to the site, please remain in your vehicle and tell the food service worker how many children you have. Once the meals have been “delivered” to you, Nauset asks that you exit the line promptly so as to minimize social contact and to allow others to avail themselves of this service. For more information, please visit the Nauset Public Schools’ website.
Orleans Whole Food Store
Orleans Whole Food Store and Main Street Books strongly encourage using their curbside or free home delivery service, per CDC recommendations. Curbside service is available from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please call the store at (508) 255-6540 with your list and a staff member will “personal shop” for you.
The free home delivery service is provided by students of Nauset Regional High School and members of the National Honor Society, who are volunteering their time to serve the greater community. Delivery will be available between the hours of 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and orders must be placed by 12:00 PM (noon) the same day. Delivery is available for the following towns: Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. The store asks for a 10-item minimum for delivery. For more information, please visit the Orleans Whole Food Store’s website.
Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker orders child care closures statewide with some exceptions beginning March 23, 2020 Gov. Charlie Baker ordered that as of Monday, March 23, 2020, all day care providers must close until April 6th. There will be emergency day care provided by exempt entities only ( listed here ). Priority will be given to health-care workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and sanitation workers and others who may have no options. Parents need to reach out to the programs to determine hours. There is no fee, as the state is funding the programs.
A Baby Center in Hyannis offers free diapers and wipes for drive-thru pickup – call ahead or email for more information
For those in need of fuel assistance, call the South Shore Community Action Council at (509)746-6707 or (877)FUEL-AID Monday-Friday 9:15 AM-3:00 PM to do a telephone intake.
Work from Home Resources
If you’ve suddenly found yourself having to adapt to a remote work or work-from-home arrangement, you are not alone! See below for resources on how to structure your day, access free Internet services, and more.
Office Closed? New to Remote Working? Follow these 7 Tips from Cape + Plymouth Business
Orleans Restaurants Offering Take-Out!
We’re keeping a running list of restaurants who are open and how you can order!
Restaurants in Provincetown have compiled a list of which businesses are open for take-out, accessible through this Facebook link
The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of Falmouth restaurants offering take-out here
How to Help
With so many people now staying home and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, it can be unclear how to help others in our community during this time of great need. Here are a few ideas to do good and offer assistance to those who need it most:
- Donate to your local food bank. Donations to many food banks across the country are down significantly, while community need has simultaneously increased. If you have extra food or are making a trip to the store for essentials, consider dropping off a donation of non-perishable goods to a local food bank – just be sure to call ahead and practice safe social distancing (staying at least 6ft from others) when you go!
- Support small businesses, especially those that employee hourly or tipped workers. Restaurants, retail, and small business in general have been especially hard hit by state-mandated closures. Lots of businesses are adapting by developing modified menus and products for pickup or delivery – consider taking advantage of these opportunities to show your support and keep our small businesses afloat during this difficult period! Take a look at our list of Local Delivery/Takeout Options above for a great place to start, and for retail check out the many local online shopping options compiled by our friends at Love Live Local.
- Find ways to support hourly, tipped, and low-wage workers. For those that rely on tips, hourly wages, or gig-based work to make their living, times are especially tough right now. Consider making a donation to restaurant worker support funds like the one started here in Massachusetts by The Greg Hill Foundation. And if you get pickup or delivery, remember to tip well!
- Check in, Say Hello, and Show Gratitude. Now, maybe more than ever, it’s important that we find ways to connect with each other as a community. Send a letter to a loved one, make an unscheduled phone call to a colleague or friend (yes, you can do that!), leave a note in your neighbor’s mailbox, say “thank you” (virtually or via a letter) to healthcare and other workers on the front lines of the pandemic. The humanity we show to each other in times of need is what makes us great as a community.