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COVID-19 Resources for the Business and Nonprofit Community

The Town of Arlington is committed to supporting you during this difficult period of closures and restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 infections in our region. Ongoing updates are being posted on the Town's website regarding our comprehensive response to COVID-19.

Please contact Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator, at acarter@town.arlington.ma.us, if you have any questions or need assistance navigating these resources.

Arlington Business Information 

Governor Charlie Baker has 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. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. Governor Baker's order has been extended until May 4.  

Please review the March 23, 2020 Essential Services And Revised Gatherings Orderlist of essential services, and FAQ about essential services. If your business is not on the list of essential services, you can request that designation through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The Town is maintaining a list of open businesses in Arlington. The listings will be updated at least once daily. Please contact businesses directly before placing and order or going to their establishment to confirm that they are open, as the information on this list is subject to change. 

Town of Arlington Guidance for Businesses and Employers to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Arlington Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources

CARES Act Information

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers.

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
U.S. Small Business Association Guidance and Loan Resources
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

SBA Announces Express Bridge Loan Program to Bridge Long-Term Financing

The Small Business Administration is offering an Express Bridge Loan Program to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. This program authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses who have applied for and await long-term financing (including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program).

Small businesses who are already working with an SBA Express Lender may be eligible to apply to this streamlined program. Read general information about this program here; guidance is available here.

Interested businesses can use the SBA’s Lender Match Tool to find an Express Bridge Loan Lender and apply. 

Small Business Tax Relief Measures - Late-file and Late-pay Penalties Waived

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced administrative tax relief measures for small local businesses which have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, especially in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. This tax relief includes postponing the collection of regular sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes that would be due in March, April and May so that they will instead be due on June 20.

The Department of Revenue announced that it will waive any late-file or late-pay penalties for returns and payment due for meals and room occupancy taxes between March 20 and May 31, 2020.

Businesses that paid 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, and business that paid 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.

Unemployment Resources

The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance has resources for employees.

  • To file for unemployment benefits online, click here.
  • For assistance by phone, call (617) 626-6338, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Voice relay 711 via their website.
  • The Boston Globe published this helpful article on applying for unemployment in MA due to the health crisis.
  • The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance gives daily presentations online and by phone detailing the process of filing for unemployment step by step.
  • Información de desempleo de Massachusetts sobre el virus COVID-19 en Español esta aqui

The WorkShare program, a tool to help employers avoid layoffs during a downturn.

The Rapid Response program, which works closely with companies to avert layoffs and keep a skilled workforce engaged in the existing regional economy or industry.

Other Guidance and Resources for Businesses

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Guidance
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Guidance
National Main Street Center Resources
Mainvest Main Street Initiative
US Department of Commerce Coronavirus Special Topic Conference Call Series
EforAll
Facebook for Business COVID-19 Resource Hub
Eversource COVID-19 Resources

For Restaurants

Guidance for Curbside Pickup and Delivery
Commonwealth Kitchen Resource Guide
Branchfood Serving Up Support Series

For Nonprofits, Artists, and the Arts and Culture Sector

Mass Cultural Council
Americans for the Arts Resource and Response Center
MassCreative
Creative Capital
Artplace America
The Boston Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance has resources for employees.
  • To file for unemployment benefits online, click here.
  • For assistance by phone, call (617) 626-6338, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Voice relay 711 via their website.
  • The Boston Globe published this helpful article on applying for unemployment in MA due to the health crisis.
  • The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance gives daily presentations online and by phone detailing the process of filing for unemployment step by step.
  • Información de desempleo de Massachusetts sobre el virus COVID-19 en Español esta aqui.
 
The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance has resources for employees.
  • To file for unemployment benefits online, click here.
  • For assistance by phone, call (617) 626-6338, daily 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Voice relay 711 via their website.
  • The Boston Globe published this helpful article on applying for unemployment in MA due to the health crisis.
  • The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance gives daily presentations online and by phone detailing the process of filing for unemployment step by step.
  • Información de desempleo de Massachusetts sobre el virus COVID-19 en Español esta aqui.