Tougher Massachusetts COVID-19 restrictions set to begin Saturday

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Tougher Massachusetts COVID-19 restrictions set to begin Saturday


With COVID-19 still surging, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging people to pause their activities and reduce their mobility in the two weeks spanning both sides of the new year.Beginning Saturday, businesses across Massachusetts must reduce allowable capacity from 40 percent to 25 percent, under new restrictions announced by the governor earlier this week. The restrictions also reduce gathering limits to a maximum of 25 people when outdoors and 10 people when indoors. Additionally, in-patient elective surgeries must be postponed under the latest round of restrictions imposed by the Baker administration to stem the spread of COVID-19. The directive is intended to keep beds available as the number of people receiving COVID-19 care in hospitals tops 2,000.Struggling companies next week will begin to see the flow of grants under a new $668 million small business relief program.The program, announced last Wednesday, is intended to help restaurants, retailers and other small businesses that are struggling to survive in the face of COVID-19 restrictions. The new program promises grants of up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for employee wage and benefits costs, space-related costs, and debt service obligations. The online application portal for the new program will open on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will close on Friday, Jan. 15.

With COVID-19 still surging, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging people to pause their activities and reduce their mobility in the two weeks spanning both sides of the new year.

Beginning Saturday, businesses across Massachusetts must reduce allowable capacity from 40 percent to 25 percent, under new restrictions announced by the governor earlier this week.

The restrictions also reduce gathering limits to a maximum of 25 people when outdoors and 10 people when indoors.

Additionally, in-patient elective surgeries must be postponed under the latest round of restrictions imposed by the Baker administration to stem the spread of COVID-19. The directive is intended to keep beds available as the number of people receiving COVID-19 care in hospitals tops 2,000.

Struggling companies next week will begin to see the flow of grants under a new $668 million small business relief program.

The program, announced last Wednesday, is intended to help restaurants, retailers and other small businesses that are struggling to survive in the face of COVID-19 restrictions. The new program promises grants of up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for employee wage and benefits costs, space-related costs, and debt service obligations.

The online application portal for the new program will open on Thursday, Dec. 31, and will close on Friday, Jan. 15.

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