Novel Coronavirus Resources for Businesses

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The Novel Coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing precautions it necessitates are having a big impact on Somerville businesses. We understand the stress that our entrepreneurs, workers, and freelancers are under given the uncertainty of the situation and the level of disruption to daily life.

The site aims to be a place for businesses to access resources, information, and support in this difficult time.

Stay in Touch

The most up-to-date general information about the virus in the city can be found at SomervilleMA.gov/coronavirus. You may subscribe to our Business Newsletter here to receive regular updates on resources and news for businesses. In addition, we and our trusted partners host many events, including our monthly virtual town hall for business owners. We also recommend signing up for City alerts to get general, citywide updates as they are announced.

Questions? Concerns? Submit in the Q&A below and we will be in touch.

Somerville Reopening Resources


Business Reopening Guidelines and Rules
For up-to-date information on business opening dates, policies, and safety requirements, visit the "What's Open, Closed, and OK?" tab at SomervilleMA.gov/coronavirus. Note the detailed guidelines for restaurants, personal services, and Phase 3 businesses.


Winter Guidelines Survey - The City is in the process of creating Winter guidelines for businesses that wish to continue operations outdoors now that the Licensing Commission has extended outdoor seating until January 11, 2021. Our guidelines must consider snow emergencies, construction activities, and public safety as well as business needs. Knowing your business's plans for the winter and whether the 1/11/21 date should be extended can help us design better guidelines and provide more helpful assistance. Fill out the survey to share your thoughts. Email Sue Thomas with any questions.

Coaching for Somerville Businesses Affected by Coronavirus - Get free, expert help on the business issues that matter most right now.

Somerville Delivers - The Somerville Chamber of Commerce Dining & Nightlife Group, East Somerville Main Streets, Union Square Main Streets, Velir, the Welcome Project, and the City of Somerville created SomervilleDelivers.com to promote information on Somerville food businesses who are taking delivery and takeout orders or selling groceries during the COVID-19 crisis. En Español.


Financial Resources for Businesses

Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund - Applications are due November 30, 2020 for the second round of Somerville's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Outdoor Dining Reimbursement Program - Somerville restaurants with a current outdoor dining permit are eligible for $1,000 reimbursement for outdoor furniture or heaters necessary to keep their businesses open.

MGCC is providing a new round of grants to small businesses. Applications due 11/12/2020 at 12:00 PM.


General Resources for Businesses

This page contains legal support, useful links, and informational resources for businesses facing coronavirus disruptions.


Para mas información en Español sobre todos los recursos disponibles para los pequeños negocios en Somerville, por favor contacte a Daniela Carrillo de la Oficina de Economic Development en dcarrillo@somervillema.gov. También puede contactarnos al (617) 625 6600 ext. 2546.

Para obter uma cópia deste panfleto em Português, entrar em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

Pou yon kopi infòmasyon sa an Kreyòl Ayisyen, tanpri rele 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

The Novel Coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing precautions it necessitates are having a big impact on Somerville businesses. We understand the stress that our entrepreneurs, workers, and freelancers are under given the uncertainty of the situation and the level of disruption to daily life.

The site aims to be a place for businesses to access resources, information, and support in this difficult time.

Stay in Touch

The most up-to-date general information about the virus in the city can be found at SomervilleMA.gov/coronavirus. You may subscribe to our Business Newsletter here to receive regular updates on resources and news for businesses. In addition, we and our trusted partners host many events, including our monthly virtual town hall for business owners. We also recommend signing up for City alerts to get general, citywide updates as they are announced.

Questions? Concerns? Submit in the Q&A below and we will be in touch.

Somerville Reopening Resources


Business Reopening Guidelines and Rules
For up-to-date information on business opening dates, policies, and safety requirements, visit the "What's Open, Closed, and OK?" tab at SomervilleMA.gov/coronavirus. Note the detailed guidelines for restaurants, personal services, and Phase 3 businesses.


Winter Guidelines Survey - The City is in the process of creating Winter guidelines for businesses that wish to continue operations outdoors now that the Licensing Commission has extended outdoor seating until January 11, 2021. Our guidelines must consider snow emergencies, construction activities, and public safety as well as business needs. Knowing your business's plans for the winter and whether the 1/11/21 date should be extended can help us design better guidelines and provide more helpful assistance. Fill out the survey to share your thoughts. Email Sue Thomas with any questions.

Coaching for Somerville Businesses Affected by Coronavirus - Get free, expert help on the business issues that matter most right now.

Somerville Delivers - The Somerville Chamber of Commerce Dining & Nightlife Group, East Somerville Main Streets, Union Square Main Streets, Velir, the Welcome Project, and the City of Somerville created SomervilleDelivers.com to promote information on Somerville food businesses who are taking delivery and takeout orders or selling groceries during the COVID-19 crisis. En Español.


Financial Resources for Businesses

Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund - Applications are due November 30, 2020 for the second round of Somerville's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Outdoor Dining Reimbursement Program - Somerville restaurants with a current outdoor dining permit are eligible for $1,000 reimbursement for outdoor furniture or heaters necessary to keep their businesses open.

MGCC is providing a new round of grants to small businesses. Applications due 11/12/2020 at 12:00 PM.


General Resources for Businesses

This page contains legal support, useful links, and informational resources for businesses facing coronavirus disruptions.


Para mas información en Español sobre todos los recursos disponibles para los pequeños negocios en Somerville, por favor contacte a Daniela Carrillo de la Oficina de Economic Development en dcarrillo@somervillema.gov. También puede contactarnos al (617) 625 6600 ext. 2546.

Para obter uma cópia deste panfleto em Português, entrar em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

Pou yon kopi infòmasyon sa an Kreyòl Ayisyen, tanpri rele 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.