Coronavirus update 7/02/20
Phase III to start on Monday July 6th
- The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that on July 6th, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13th.
- We are still reviewing the orders filed today and will have a summary, when that review is complete
House and Senate Vote to Extend PPP
Last night, the House voted by unanimous consent to pass the Senate bill extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.
This bill does not change the PPP; it simply extends the window to apply for a PPP loan for another five weeks. The original program expired on June 30, with a balance of $130 billion dollars still available for loans. Once the President signs the bill, it’s expected the Small Business Administration will begin taking applications again.
The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance is hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 p.m., EDT.
Racism and COVID-19 have become top issues facing Americans today. Blacks and Latinos are dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than other groups in the country, and the killing of George Floyd has put discussion of race center stage. As businesses reopen, leaders will have to address the issue of structural racism and how staying silent on this issue puts their brand reputation at risk.
Attendees will walk away with:
- A framework for having a healthy, direct, and solutions-focused dialog about race, racism, and COVID-19.
- Understanding from executives on how these developments have impacted their operation and community.
- Issue-related best practices and policy changes to address the needs of their stakeholders.
- Ideas on how the industry can make a meaningful contribution towards ending racially biased policing.
Town Hall speakers are Gerry Fernandez, MFHA; Chip Wade, Union Square Hospitality Group; Michele Hoskins, Michele Foods; and Anthony Jackson, White Castle Management Company.