Vol. II No. 01 1/1/2021
Old-time manure spreader in Tanglewood's woods.
Openings and Closings in the Time of COVID
The lobby at Lee Bank, Elm Street will reopen 12/29
Winterlights at Naumkeag is extended until January 17
Restrictions in the time of COVID
To slow the spread of COVID, Governor Baker has rolled back capacity allowed in both public and private spaces. These are the restrictions in place from December 22 – January 10:
Gatherings: 10 persons indoors; 25 persons outdoors
Restaurants: 25% of seating capacity
Close Contact Personal Services: 25%
Indoor and Outdoor Events: 10 persons indoors; 25 persons outdoors
Theaters and Performance Venues:
Indoor performance venues remain closed.
Movie theaters – 25% and maximum 50 people
Outdoor performance venues – 25% and maximum 25 people
Office Spaces: 25%
Places of Worship: 25%
Retail Businesses: 25%
Driving and Flight Schools: 25%
Golf Facilities: 25%
Operators of Lodgings: 25%
Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Businesses: 25%
Fitness Centers and Health Clubs: 25%
Museums / Cultural & Historical Facilities / Guided Tours by vehicles and vessels: 25%
Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed: 25%
Where no licensed or permitted capacity allowance is on record: for any enclosed space occupancy shall be limited to no more than 5 persons per 1,000 square feet.
For more information go to www.mass.gov
$668 million in aid
At the same time Governor Baker announced restrictions, he announced the establishment of a $668 million program to provide financial assistance to Massachusetts small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program in part relies on the pending federal COVID-19 relief bill recently passed by Congress. The Baker Administration will start releasing millions of dollars in new funding to restaurants, retailers, and other small businesses throughout the Commonwealth as soon as next week.
More details on how to apply and eligibility requirements are available at www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org.