June 1, 2020
Dear Friends ,
Welcome to today’s edition of our special COVID-19 newsletter. As our state’s key public health indicators continue to trend positively, our lodging and restaurant sectors are preparing to resume or expand business operations in hopeful anticipation of Phase 2 of Reopening Massachusetts. Today’s issue includes detailed information from the state’s Reopening Massachusetts webpage , as well as local news and updates from Cape Ann communities and businesses.

And please plan to join us again this Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. for our weekly Business Check-In and Information Sharing session.  Please register in advance . To register for this Zoom meeting please click here .  

Enjoy this beautiful June day on Cape Ann, and have a great week ahead.

Sincerely,

Your Chamber Team
As always, we are here to support you with information about disaster loans, unemployment assistance and business and community resources. Please call 978 283-1601 or email us as follows:

        

News & Business Resources:

  • Phase 2 Guidelines for Restaurants: On Friday, May 29 the State published a preview of mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for restaurants. “These workplace safety standards for restaurants are posted in advance of the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow restaurants time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards. Restaurants may not provide any service beyond carry-out or delivery until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan. The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data.”  For comprehensive restaurant details please click here.

  • Phase 2 Guidelines for Lodging: On Friday, May 29 the State also published a preview of mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for operators of lodging facilities. “These workplace safety standards for lodging are posted in advance to the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow operators of lodging time to prepare for reopening in compliance with these mandatory standards….Hotel[s], motels, and other Lodging businesses may not expand their operations until specifically authorized to do so in Phase 2 of the Commonwealth’s Workplace Re-Opening Plan….The Governor will initiate Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan by formal Executive Order and only following a careful review of public health data.” For comprehensive lodging details please click here.

  • Reopening Massachusetts General Business Guidance. The following information is designed to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening.


  • Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors

  • Employer and Worker posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting


  • Find all this information and more on the new Reopening Massachusetts website, including detailed sector-specific reopening guidance, timelines and links to additional resources.

  • Reopening Massachusetts – Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center developed new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board. 

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Continues. For further information about PPP and EIDL loans and other SBA loan and debt relief programs please click here.


  • SBA and Treasury Set Aside $10 Billion in PPP Funding for Low Income Communities. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced on May 28 that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses. These dedicated funds are intended to ensure that the PPP reaches all communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional details please click here.
  • COVID-19 Dashboard for May 31: The most recent Dashboard of Public Health Indicators continues to trend in a positive and encouraging direction and is available here. The positive test rate has remained at 8% or below since May 26 (7 day weighted average), and the total number of hospitalized patients has fallen to 1,824.
Chamber Updates & Resources:

  • To view our recently launched list of Cape Ann Salons, Barbershops & Beauty Services including updated operations and protocols, please click here

  • Job Postings Welcome. We encourage Chamber members to use us as a resource to post job openings as NeedyMeds and Yankee Clipper Inn have done. All CACC members have an online account where they can post a job listing. View current job listings here. For assistance in posting job openings for your business, please contact Olivia Perez-O’Dess at olivia@capeannchamber.com.

  • Resources for Cape Ann Businesses. The Chamber team is working diligently to assist our members and the community as we navigate these uncertain times together. We encourage you to review the Chamber’s compendium of Business Resources and Recommended Actions here and we invite you to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.  
  • Please Welcome Our Newest Chamber Members.




  • Caring for Caring LLC

  • William J Funk Procurement Consulting Services


Member & Community Updates:

New Listings:

  • Town of Rockport Provides Reopening Guide for Local Businesses. Rockport’s Reopening Advisory Group has prepared a compendium of state and local resources to assist Rockport businesses through the phased reopening of the local economy. This guide is being shared with Rockport businesses through Basecamp and is also posted here.

Ongoing: For member and community updates please click here

Education & Training Resources:

New Listings / Upcoming Events:

  • LEAP for Education’s Summer Internship Program is now recruiting employers and community members. Be a “Career Mentor” and virtually advise a teen summer intern in a six-week project-based remote learning experience. Please email JoAnn Leavitt, Program Coordinator, at jleavitt@leap4ed.org if you would like further information, or call 774-270-0119.

Ongoing: For listings of education and training resources please click here

 Community Services & Resources:

Ongoing: For listings of community services and resources please click here
Members Helping Members & the Community:

New Listings:

  • Beauport Hearing Care in Magnolia is now open for in-office services, while they continue offering curbside access for most routine hearing aid services – as they have every day of the COVID-19 shutdown. In addition, they are now accepting in-clinic appointments for new patient hearing testing and other services. They take the health and safety of patients and the community very seriously, posting and practicing upgraded sanitation and social distancing procedures in alignment with state requirements and CDC recommendations. Please call (978) 525-2300 for details and to arrange an appointment or visit www.beauporthearing.com.

  • Say Thank-You and Congratulations with the Gift of Cape Ann. Cape Ann Gift Certificates are a great way to say congratulations to graduating high school and college seniors, thank-you to their teachers and all health care workers and first responders, and support over 200 local businesses. To learn more please visit here. To purchase Cape Ann Gift Certificates, please email Karen Carone at karen@capeannchamber.com.
Ongoing: For additional listings of members helping members and the community please click here .

As we learn of more creative ways that our members and our communities are adapting and responding, we will share them through all our Chamber communications channels.
Information Resources:

For the most current information about the federal, state and local response to COVID-19 – including information of particular relevance to employers and employees – we recommend visiting the following websites: 

  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). For AIM’s latest COVID-19 blog please click here.

  • COVID-19 Command Center Update: Read MEMA’s May 27 Command Center report here.


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For the latest COVID-19 news and information for Massachusetts, including public health advisories, business resources and government services, please visit here.

  • Department of Public Health: Stay at Home Advisory. For details click here.







For information and updates specific to one’s local community, we recommend visiting the following city and town websites for Cape Ann:





Our goal as always is to serve as a trusted resource in providing our business community and residents with helpful information and guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The members of your team here at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce are here for you, as we all pull together to meet and overcome the challenges of COVID-19.
We at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a big thank you to our supporting sponsors.

If you are interested in promoting with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and sponsoring this newsletter, please contact Vince Mainetti at vince@capeannchamber.com