Economic Development update on coronavirus (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:
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.
- Licensing Board Advisory
- Inspectional Services restaurant guidelines
- City installing temporary takeout food pickup zones by request
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We 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.
Resources for small businessResources
- City of Boston Artist Relief Fund
- Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston
- Lawyers for Civil Rights - Legal Support
- Boston Foundation COVID-19
- Chicken & Rice Guys: Tips for Handling a Crisis
- Commonwealth Kitchen food business resource guide
- Boston Public Health Commission
- City of Boston coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
- Boston Water and Sewer Commission
- Economic Injury Disaster Fund
- Mass Growth Capital - COVID Relief Fund
- Mass Dept Unemployment COVID-19 measures
- Division of Insurance
- Boston Federal Reserve: Market Mutual Liquidity Fund
- Attorney General’s Office Resources
- National Grid COVID-19 Response
- Eversource COVID-19 Response
- Massachusetts Business Taxpayer Information
- US Chamber of Commerce: Emergency Loans - Small Business Guide and Checklist
- Centers for Disease Control guidance for businesses
- Small Business Association Disaster Loan
- USBG National Charity Foundation
- CORE: Restaurant employee help
- ICSC retailer updates guide
- National Main Streets COVID-19 resources
- Disaster Unemployment Insurance
- IRS Tax Information: Tax Day is now July 15 (You STILL need to file by or file an extension by April 15)