For Businesses

Please Note! 
UPDATED ON MARCH 31, 2020: Pursuant to Governor Baker's updated emergency order the closure of all businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" has been extended through May 4, at 12 noon. 

• Massachusetts Launched $10 Million recovery loan fund for small businesses

This fund will offer loans to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. The fund will offer eligible small businesses up to $75,000 with no payments for the first six months. The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation will oversee this fund and administer loans to small applicants under 50-full-time and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Send completed applications to with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

• MEMA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline

  • The hotline will be staffed Monday – Friday from 8am to 4pm. 
  • The number for the hotline is 508-820-2094

• Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program

  • EIDL offers Massachusetts businesses who are experiencing hardships resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak access up to $2M in emergency loan capital with rates capped at 3.75%. 
  • MEMA is currently working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to activate the EIDL program. Businesses can learn more about the SBA’s response to COVID-19 here

Governor's Order on Restaurants

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is requiring restaurants and bars to end on premises customer services. This restriction runs from Tuesday, March 17th to May 4th. Restaurant delivery and take out can still occur. Governor Baker’s Emergency Order prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants.
  • Read more about the emergency order here
  • The Order does not apply to normal operations at airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, libraries, shopping malls and centers, polling locations, grocery or retail stores, pharmacies, or other spaces where 25 or more persons may be in transit.
  • The Order does not apply to typical office environments, government buildings, or factories where large numbers of people are present, but it is unusual for them to be within arm's length of one another.

Workforce Guidance

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development offers resources for businesses related to employee benefits and will post additional guidance as it becomes available.