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Economic Development update on coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Economic Development

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has compiled updates and guidance for businesses and organizations 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 small businesses 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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Daily text messages

The City of Boston is launching a new, free daily text service with updates and information regarding COVID-19.

Text the keyword BOSCOVID to phone #99411 to opt-in.

Restaurants and bars

On March 15, Governor Baker barred all restaurants and bars from providing sit-in service. On March 23, the governor limited the number of people who can assemble to 10, effective Tuesday, March 24, at 12 p.m. You should be operating through takeout and delivery ONLY:

  • 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. 
  • No establishment may serve food or alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption. This effectively means a complete prohibition on the service of alcohol with the exception of retail package stores.
  • Establishments may only serve patrons food via takeout and delivery. For any restaurant or bar that serves food, we are lifting regulations so that all restaurants and bars are allowed to provide takeout and delivery. Any restriction or regulation prohibiting takeout is temporarily lifted. This includes facilities without take-out licenses
  • We encourage the use of takeout and delivery services. If you do not currently utilize a delivery service, the Office of Small Business is able to help you. Contact BOS:311 to be connected to us. 
  • Establishments offering takeout and delivery may stay open to the closing hour currently listed on their license.
  • Establishments must remove or rope off all seating in the licensed premise.
  • Establishments must abide by the Centers for Disease Control's social distancing policies

As of right now, beer gardens will not be opening until this public health crisis is over.

City of Boston resources for restaurants and bars
Are you a food or retail business interested in offering takeout or delivery?

We created a guidebook that is intended 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.

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

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Business workshops and events

At this time, we are postponing all workshops, clinics, and community engagement meetings. If you are registered for a workshop and have questions, please reach out via your Eventbrite registration or email econdev@boston.govWe are currently looking at digital options for these workshops. Please check the Economic Development Center for future events. We will be reaching out once details are confirmed.