Our minds have been made up for years.
Tonight we’ll at least start to understand what our future looks like (even if it takes time).
But why not take 30 minutes today at noon and try not think about it? Or at least not think about it as much.
We’ve asked Kip Hollister
to guide us all in a free, 30-minute, guided mediation
Zoom. (Does the Boston Chamber's dues include benefits like this?)
Baker to everyone: Be home by 10 p.m.
“What we should not do,” Gov. Charlie Baker said near the start of his big announcement
“is shut down our economy or our schools.
“Schools are not spreaders, here or anywhere else, and its been proven now over and over and over again by real life experience and longitudinal studies,”
the governor continued.
“And in Massachusetts the vast majority of employers and employees and customers have done a great job of playing by the rules and limiting transmission.
"The simple truth is too many of us have become complacent in our daily lives.”
From there, Baker unveiled a new series of steps to slow COVID or risk hospitals being overrun by the holidays.
Starting Friday, all residents over the age of five are required to wear a mask
indoors and outdoors in public, no matter the distance from others. MBTA police will be empowered to fine violators up to $300. Employers will be allowed
to require employees who claim a medical exemption from wearing a face covering to provide a note from a doctor.
How Baker’s moves were received
While some business groups criticized Baker’s moves, they weren’t as strict as I feared
"Instead of penalizing businesses playing by the rules that are already experiencing a drop in customers and sales, the state should attempt to take a
more targeted approach," Carlozzi added.
Bob Luz, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association
questioned the early closing, telling Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour that "shutting restaurants down early doesn't stop people from gathering."
"We're talking about employees that have been ravaged," Luz said. "And this is just, you know, another kick in the gut to them."
But chef Jody Adams, of the advocacy group Mass Restaurants United
she had worried Baker would impose a two-to-three week shutdown after watching similar restrictions rolled out in Europe, “which would have been a
disaster,” she said. “We have perishable produce and staff holding on by their fingernails.”
president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts told the BBJ
thinks Baker acted in “a balanced and timely way to prevent even worse options during the Christmas season.”
“Hopefully it also helps prevent a crazy quilt of local orders, as it targets those late night gatherings which have been the spread problem, and which
have likely been alcohol-related,” Hurst said.
"The governor made the right decision at the right time to try to keep us healthy as well as to allow us to re-open schools and nurture the economy," said
Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. "I know this is hard, and, yet, we need to change the trajectory of this disease. We can do this."
Is your company in need of COVID testing?
Repeating this item from yesterday…
The chamber is working with Project Beacon
to make additional COVID-19 testing available to employers and institutions in the Newton-Needham-Wellesley area. Project Beacon is founded by the
Broad Institute, F-Prime Capital, and GV, and is focused on providing low cost, end-to-end COVID 19 testing solutions.
Project Beacon is a social benefit organization focused on helping to increase the capacity, availability, accessibility, and affordability of COVID-19
testing in Massachusetts. It has no profit motive and any excess revenues over costs will be used to support public needs or, at the end of the project,
donated to charity.
Employers can work with Project Beacon to implement a testing regimen, set up a site, or develop a testing strategy for employees. Costs begin at $40 per
test depending on the scope of services involved. The tests are processed by labs at the Broad Institute
and results are generally within 24 hours.
Project Beacon needs a location too
The chamber is also working with Project Beacon to find a COVID testing location in the Newton-Needham-Wellesley area. If you have any ideas for a potential
indoor or outdoor site contact me.
Property owners agree to pause evictions
Landlords representing thousands of apartment units in Massachusetts have agreed to pause evictions for failure to pay rent until 2021 and to work with
tenants who are struggling amid the pandemic, State House News reports.
By signing the Greater Boston Real Estate Board's housing stability pledge, property holders and landlords said they would communicate with tenants experiencing
financial hardship about emergency support programs that could help them cover rent. They also said they will pursue repayment plans and seek mediation
before turning to formal eviction proceedings.
Companies signed onto the board's housing stability pledge include Chestnut Hill Realty, Avalon Communities Inc., National Development, Windsor Property
Management, Winn Residential, Equity Management Realty, Wingate Management, Schochet Companies, Peabody Properties Inc., and Corcoran Management Company.
Today’s need to knows
- Mass Life Sciences is offers research Infrastructure grants for capital projects that support the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts by enabling and supporting life sciences research and development.
Application deadline is Nov. 20.
- Newton native Jason Hehir, the director of the Emmy award-winning Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, will kick off Newton Schools Foundation’s
10th Newton Inspires: A Celebration of Ideas and Community,
on Nov. 10 at 7 p,m. The live talks and presentations will be delivered via Zoom — once a month through October 2021. Proceeds support Newton
Schools Foundation. Go here to learn about sponsorship.
- Lawyers Clearinghouse provides pro bono legal services to help small businesses and nonprofits who will need assistance dealing with employment and contract issues as
well as those needing help to navigate and apply for assistance through the CARES Act.
A deep dive into zoning
A recent report by the Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators
program and the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program takes a deep dive into how increased housing near transit could benefit the region’s housing
shortage, reduce dependence on cars and curtail climate change, all while being profitable enough to interest developers without public subsidies.
On Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. our chamber will host a presentation by the study’s authors via Zoom that will pay a particular focus on how the report’s finding might
apply in our area. Details to follow.
Outdoor classroom space available in Wellesley
recently created three outdoor classrooms at its location on Linden Street in Wellesley. The classrooms are not used most weekday mornings, Saturday
afternoons, and Sundays.
Rather than let the facility sit empty the company recently partnered with B/SPOKE
to host their mat-based classes but they still have availability to partner with others for pop-up shops, events, product demonstrations, pick-up location,
or other ideas. Contact Amy Fuller Boyd to discuss
. (781) 235-3210.
Any optimists out there who thought possibly, just possibly, once the polls closed, our nation’s leaders would put political posturing aside and try to
help its citizens and small business owners navigate the worst health crisis of our life time, must have us confused with somewhere else
Fingers crossed tonight, okay?
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber