Cape Cod & COVID-19

Updated December 7, 2020

​​As of December 7, 2020, the Town of Barnstable reverts to Step 1 of Phase III of the Commonwealth's reopening plan.

Under the Governor's COVID-19 Order #56, lower risk communities are permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan.   A community must revert to Step I of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan when the community is designated in the “red” category for three consecutive weekly Department of Public Health weekly reports. Edgartown, Tisbury and Nantucket are also listed with communities not designated lower risk. Read details on mass.gov.

CAPE COD REOPENING TASK FORCE

The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force: www.ReopeningCapeCod.org. The site serves as a one-stop location for residents, businesses, employees, municipalities, and visitors to the region.

10/23/20 - COVID-19 Grants announced for MA Small Businesses: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $50.8 million in grants available to support small businesses, microenterprises, and their employees, families and communities. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will be administering these funds to businesses experiencing economic hardship and a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference will be given to small businesses whose owners are women, minorities, veterans, members of other underrepresented groups, who are focused on serving the Gateway Cities of Massachusetts (which includes the Town of Barnstable), and those most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more & apply here.

PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT THROUGH THE CHAMBER
We are #ChamberStrong working to keep our Cape strong and resilient during the COVID-19 crisis. One way we are doing this is by sharing member updates @CapeCodChamber Instagram story in the highlight labeled “Open4Biz.” Tag us in your Instagram posts and stories or notify us at membership@capecodchamber.org

We encourage you to connect with other members via our Community Member Message Board located in your Member Portal. Log in here>

Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce offers Complimentary Membership during the COVID-19 Crisis: Receive important updates as business info breaks, and our bi-weekly enews. Provide your name, business name and email address to: membership@capecodchamber.org

Need a face mask? Check out our list of local businesses and individual makers that are making them.. PDF FileDownload PDF

TECHNICAL & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES

Coastal Community Capital

Small Business Development Centers Find an SBDC here.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery by Cliff Robbins, MSBDC Senior Business Advisor

SCORE Cape Cod & the Islands has provided a Reopening Toolkit for Small Businesses. Advisors are available at https://capecod.score.org/ 

Community resources developed by the Cape Cod Commission

Veterans Business Outreach Centers: Find a VBOC here.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has dedicated tools to support companies managing the impacts of COVID-19 on their businesses.

The State Treasurer’s Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses focused on small business owners serving Massachusetts Gateway Cities (of which Barnstable is one). Find more info here.

Town of Yarmouth Launches Job Retention and Creation CDBG Grant Program

COVID-19 Fishermen Assistance Programs

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has this employers’ resource page