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 bi-weekly 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

Latest Update (8/31/2020): Some Phase 3 businesses (Fitness Facilities & Health Clubs; Motion picture, television, streaming productions; Martial arts & dance facilities; Non-athletic instructional classes) will be eligible to open on September 8 pending approval from Inspectional Services. More details here.


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.


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. Español | Português

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

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.

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.

Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund - Applications are now closed for our forgivable loan fund, but we recommend signing up for our email newsletters to be the first to know if more funding becomes available.


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 bi-weekly 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

Latest Update (8/31/2020): Some Phase 3 businesses (Fitness Facilities & Health Clubs; Motion picture, television, streaming productions; Martial arts & dance facilities; Non-athletic instructional classes) will be eligible to open on September 8 pending approval from Inspectional Services. More details here.


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.


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. Español | Português

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

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.

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.

Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund - Applications are now closed for our forgivable loan fund, but we recommend signing up for our email newsletters to be the first to know if more funding becomes available.


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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    Por favor, ayúdenos a cuantificar los impactos que su negocio está enfrentando debido al brote del nuevo coronavirus.  Su información sólo será utilizada anónimamente o de forma agregada.

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    Please help us quantify the impacts your business is facing as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Your information will only be shared anonymously or in aggregate. 

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