Message from the president
November 17, 2020
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- A revised “Stay at Home” Advisory which advises residents to stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. with the exception of necessary activities such as going to work, school or the grocery store.
- Indoor recreation facilities such as gyms, libraries, museums, movie theatres, casinos, and other indoor entertainment venues must close by 9:30 p.m., as well as outdoor recreational experiences including drive-in theatres, zoos, golf facilities
- Restaurants must end table service by 9:30 p.m. but may continue to provide dining to-go after 9:30 p.m.
- Sales of liquor and adult-use marijuana must end by 9:30 p.m.
- Close contact personal services such as nail and hair salons must close by 9:30 p.m.
- Gathering size limits are reduced to 10 people for indoor private gatherings and 25 for outdoor gatherings
- All indoor and outdoor public or private gatherings must end by 9:30 p.m.
- A revised face covering order which requires everyone over the age of 5 to wear a mask at all times in any indoor or outdoor public space, regardless of social distancing
- More vigorous community enforcement of the gathering order and all restrictions
October 29, 2020
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October 6, 2020
- Indoor performance venues may open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people
- Outdoor performance venues may increase capacity to 50% with a max of 250 people
- Fitting rooms may reopen in all types of retail stores
- Gyms, museums, libraries, and driving and flight schools may increase their capacity to 50%
- Indoor and outdoor recreational businesses such as trampoline parks, obstacle courses, roller rinks, and laser tag venues may open and increase capacity to 50%
- Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings may increase to 100 people
- Stadiums, ballparks, arenas, and exhibition and convention centers are to remain closed
October 1, 2020
September 25, 2020
- Arcades and indoor recreational businesses like roller rinks, laser tags, etc.
- Outdoor recreational facilities
- Driving Schools and Flight Schools
September 23, 2020
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|Yesterday, the Governor commended the continued efforts of businesses and residents alike to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He noted that the state remains at a low 7-day rolling average of under 2 percent. To continue that low rate, the Administration launched a new compliance Web portal which will allow residents to report non-compliance of the safety protocols in an effort to promote accountability
July 9, 2020
July 7, 2020
On Saturday, while many were enjoying Independence Day celebrations, President Trump signed legislation extending the deadline for applications for the Payroll Protection Program through August 8. While more than $500 billion in loans were issued, approximately $130 billion in funding remains available. On Monday, the Small Business Administration reopened its application process. With the July 15 federal tax deadline looming, employers should speak with their tax professional about the Employee Retention Tax Credit and its interplay with the PPP program.
Yesterday, the Commonwealth officially entered Phase 3 (VIGILANT) further opening up the economy. Also on Monday, Governor Baker signed legislation expanding mail-in and early voting for the fall. The legislation will allow any voter to cast a ballot by mail without the need to qualify for an absentee ballot. All residents of the Commonwealth will receive a mail-in ballot for the primary election and another for the general election. The new law also allows for early voting for both the primary and the general elections. August 22-28 will be the early voting period for the September primary with October 17-30 for the November general election. While the public health data continues its positive trend, this new law is aimed at not only ensuring maximum participation in the voting process but to minimize the COVID-19 risks.
The Administration also issued new guidance to expand testing of asymptomatic individuals at the discretion of an individual’s health professional. With more than 1 million tests administered to date, Massachusetts remains at the forefront in its testing capacity, its contact tracing program, and -- most importantly -- its low positivity rate.
Continue to follow the public health guidelines, and we can continue to remain a leader.
Stay safe and stay well.
June 30, 2020
June 25, 2020
Quickly Evolving News
June 23, 2020
- Self-employed and have no employees; OR
- Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
- Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
June 12, 2020
June 6, 2020
June 4, 2020
- Extending the eight-week loan term, now allowing borrowers 24 weeks to use the PPP funding in order to be eligible for loan forgiveness
- Lowering the threshold of the required loan forgiveness payroll percentage from a 75/25 ratio to 60% or more of payroll and up to 40% on other costs.
- Extending the covered period from June 30 to December 31
- Extending the loan repayment period from two years to five years
- Allowing borrowers whose loan is forgiven to be able to defer payroll taxes
A Brief Pause for In-Person Programming
All around us, our region is taking action to minimize the spread of COVID-19. In congruence with the guidance of Governor Baker as well as the actions of other chambers and organizations, the Springfield Regional Chamber will pause in-person programming until May 1, at which point we will determine next steps.
We intend to reschedule our current events, including Fire & Ice, the Mayors' Forum and our Beacon Hill Summit, when it is safe to do so. Just like you, we are taking this situation seriously and day-by-day.
BUSINESS DOESN'T STOP... AND NEITHER DO WE
Business hasn't stopped, and your Chamber hasn't either. Our legislative advocacy work in Boston continues. Board and Committee meetings will continue virtually. And our staff will continue to work, be it in the office or from home, to serve our members during this challenging time.
A NEW STRATEGY
New developments call for a new strategy. To that end, we're refocusing some of our resources to support digital member and community engagement.
Be on the lookout for webinars, our regular newsletters, as well as exciting member stories and engagement opportunities on our social platforms. We will continue to build community and support commerce, even "from home.”
We will be processing refunds for anyone who has already purchased admission to events previously scheduled in the near future: Multi-Chamber Speed Networking Breakfast, Mayor's Forum 2020, Fire & Ice, Beacon Hill Summit 2020.