As the summer season on Cape Cod approaches, business owners are being urged to contact a state task force charged with coordinating the reopening of the Massachusetts economy. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to provide input to the Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board.
Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer Marie J. Oliva said business owners need to go online to the advisory board’s website and fill out a simple form at www.mass.gov/forms/submit-comments-to-the-reopening-advisory-board.
The board will relay the information gathered in a report to Governor Charles D. Baker Jr., Ms. Oliva said.
“Businesses need to let the governor know their specific issue,” she said.
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn E. Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Michael J. Kenneally co-chair the 19-member advisory board, which includes the leaders of the Department of Public Health and the Department of Transportation.
Businesses represented include Baystate Health, Cape Air, Cisco Brewers, Davios Restaurants, eClinicalWorks, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rapid 7 and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
The board will advise the Baker administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics, meeting with key stakeholders to develop a report by Monday, May 18. The report will include activities and industries deemed safe to resume in each phase; public health metrics that would indicate it is safe to move to the next phase; general business guidance about social distancing, personal protection and cleaning protocols, and industry-specific guidance and detailed protocols for how to reopen safely.
The board is seeking direction on the greatest barriers for businesses to reopen and employees’ return to work once restrictions are lifted and public health guidelines are released, whether the business has developed its own playbook for the safe return of employees and customers, and how much advanced notice the business needs to reopen effectively.
Ms. Oliva also pointed to the efforts of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force, a coalition of legislators, county officials and business leaders brought together to offer guidance on reopening sectors of the Cape’s economy. She urged business owners to contact the task force with information and concerns, as well.
Providing the task force with information will help build continuity among the various towns with regard to which businesses can open when, or when certain activities can be resumed.
“In different towns, some parks and beaches are open, and in some towns they’re not,” she said. “Some towns have events that have been canceled, others not. We don’t know how to move forward if there’s a lack of continuity.”
State Senator Julian A. Cyr (D-Truro), the task force’s public information officer, said the governor’s reopening advisory board will “dictate the timeline of reopening on Cape Cod” with guidance from public health experts.
Also, the Canal Region Chamber of Commerce is offering a webinar series to help businesses navigate barriers and challenges. Topics have included cash flow and securing financing through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
The latest installment in the chamber’s webinar series took place Wednesday, May 13, and featured restaurant chefs offering recipes popular with their patrons. Restaurants represented included The Lobster Trap in Bourne, Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa in Sandwich and Ella’s Wood Burning Oven Restaurant in East Wareham.
Those interested in taking part can register at https://capecodcanalmacoc.wliinc1.com//events/Canal-Insider-After-Hours-Zoom-Special-Dish-Demo-1191/details.