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 weekly virtual town hall for business owners. We also recommend signing up for City alerts to get general, citywide updates as they are announced.

Somerville 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.

Submit Your Info

Restaurants: We can provide multilingual assistance in filling out the paperwork necessary to open up for outdoor dining. Please fill out this form.


Business Needs Survey: Streets, Sidewalks, and Parking Reuse
More 15-minute parking? Space for outdoor dining? Let us know how reworking outdoor space can help your business bounce back.

Take the Survey

Español | Português


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

More Information


Share Your Positive Story
If your business is doing something new and innovative to support the fight against coronavirus or to keep business going as much as possible, let us know. We'd love to share some positive stories with our community.

Submit


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.

Submit Your Info


Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund
Forgivable loans up to $10,000 to Somerville businesses affected by coronavirus.

Applications now closed.


Financial Resources for Businesses

We are gathering any financial resources we are aware of on this page. Please exercise caution about non-governmental resources and about sharing financial information with other people.

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 weekly virtual town hall for business owners. We also recommend signing up for City alerts to get general, citywide updates as they are announced.

Somerville 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.

Submit Your Info

Restaurants: We can provide multilingual assistance in filling out the paperwork necessary to open up for outdoor dining. Please fill out this form.


Business Needs Survey: Streets, Sidewalks, and Parking Reuse
More 15-minute parking? Space for outdoor dining? Let us know how reworking outdoor space can help your business bounce back.

Take the Survey

Español | Português


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

More Information


Share Your Positive Story
If your business is doing something new and innovative to support the fight against coronavirus or to keep business going as much as possible, let us know. We'd love to share some positive stories with our community.

Submit


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.

Submit Your Info


Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund
Forgivable loans up to $10,000 to Somerville businesses affected by coronavirus.

Applications now closed.


Financial Resources for Businesses

We are gathering any financial resources we are aware of on this page. Please exercise caution about non-governmental resources and about sharing financial information with other people.

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.

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    What unemployment benefits are available to contractors or freelancers?

    4 months ago

    Answer from Mass.gov: "Currently self-employed individuals and 1099 contract employees are not eligible for unemployment benefits. If the President of the United States makes a disaster unemployment declaration for Massachusetts or nationwide, the self-employed and 1099 contractors would become eligible for unemployment assistance. This is already coded into the Department of Unemployment Assistance system and would be available immediately upon declaration and press release announcement."

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    What is happening to permits and licenses right now?

    4 months ago

    Special Alcohol Licenses: All special alcohol licenses through April have been cancelled, but the City is accepting applications for events starting in May.

    Other Permits: The City is accepting new online applications, but processing may take longer than usual because of limited staffing.

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    What protections exist for my employees? How can I best support them?

    4 months ago

    The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development offers resources for businesses related to employee benefits and will post additional guidance as it becomes available. The state is providing updated information regarding unemployment resources and which rules have been relaxed as a result of Coronavirus.

    In addition, it may be worth familiarizing yourself with two state programs:
    1. The WorkShare program, a tool to help employers avoid layoffs during a downturn.
    2. 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.
    Businesses, have you thought of any other ideas? Let us know in the forums.