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COVID-19: Resources for businesses

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Economic Development

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has compiled updates and guidance for businesses and job seekers in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and things are changing daily. We are committed to helping businesses, employers, and employees during this situation. We would like to learn more about how your business is being impacted and how we can support you:

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Reopening information sessions

Info sessions
Date Time Topic
Tuesday, May 26 11 a.m.

How to build a virtual business

(Appointment scheduling, contactless payment, etc.)

Wednesday, May 27 2 p.m. Legal Overview
Thursday, May 28 2 p.m. Utilizing online platforms
Friday, May 29 1 p.m.

Financial Planning

(Will include how to plan with PPP funds)

Friday, May 29 3 p.m. Healthy Spaces

Food Service Businesses

You should be operating through takeout and delivery ONLY as of March 24.

City of Boston resources for restaurants and bars
Quick Reminders
  • No establishment may serve food or alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption
  • Establishments may only serve patrons food, wine, and beer via takeout and delivery. Any restriction or regulation prohibiting takeout is temporarily lifted. 
  • No restaurant (with or without an alcoholic beverages license), bar, club, private club, social club, or entertainment venue may at any time allow more than ten (10) people in the licensed premise, including staff. 
  • Establishments must abide by the Centers for Disease Control's social distancing policies
  • Beer gardens are closed until this public health crisis is over.
Are you a food or retail business interested in offering takeout or delivery?

We created a guidebook to serve as a resource amidst COVID-19 disruptions to business. The City of Boston is not a party to any agreement or contract that may result from the use of this guidebook. By downloading this guidebook, you agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and assume the defense of the City, its officers, agents or employees, with counsel acceptable to City, which acceptance shall not be unreasonably withheld, from all liabilities, suits, claims, losses, and costs or any other damages against them or any of them arising from any act or omission of the signatories of the agreement. 

If you agree with these terms, download the guidebook.

The City has created temporary takeout pickup zones - get one today!

Delivery Employee Template for Employers

We created a template that may be used only as an example of an agreement for the conversion of job duties. The City of Boston is not a party to any agreement or contract that may result from the use of this template. By downloading this template, you agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and assume the defense of the City, its officers, agents or employees, with counsel acceptable to City, which acceptance shall not be unreasonably withheld, from all liabilities, suits, claims, losses, and costs or any other damages against them or any of them arising from any act or omission of the signatories of the agreement. 

If you agree with these terms, download the template.

Have questions? Please complete our takeout support form:

takeout and delivery help

Watch: A message from Mayor Walsh

Warning on scams

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is aware of potential scams on small business owners during this unprecedented time. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times. To learn more, please visit the SBA website.