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Thursday, January 21, 2021

麻州再撥3700萬元給638企業 25%的限制延至2/8

麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)宣佈下週取消宵禁。
(Boston Orange 編譯)麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)(21)日下午宣佈,餐館晚上9點半後停止營業禁令,居民晚上10點至次日凌晨5點的宵禁等限制,25日起取消。包括餐館的企業營運場所僅可開放25%的限制,將維持秩28日。

查理貝克表示,最近這幾天,確診率已略下降,疫情向正確方向發展,州政府相信現在可以逐步放寬限制了。如果疫情數據繼續改善,他將重新檢視其餘的限制禁令。

副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)指出,室內表演場所等之前規定必須關門的,目前仍必須關門。完整名單,列在州政府網站上。

麻州副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)說明有200家餐館領到
這一輪的補助款。
查理貝克表示,從聖誕節,新年以後,新增確診率下降了30%,住院率也下降了10%,已經很久沒看過這麼好的數據了。

查理貝克今日還匯報了有關小企業紓困情況,包括由麻州成長資本公司(Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation)經辦的州政府第4輪補助款,發放了3740萬元給638家小企業。未來數週還會再宣佈額外的補助款發給數以千計的小企業。

副州長白莉朵指出,在獲得款項的638家小企業中,有200家事餐館,這一輪的補助,幾乎一半以上是發給婦女經營的小企業,約200家企業位於門戶城市,為未得到足夠服務的市場服務。她說,州政府已經撥出了大約23200萬元來保護這些企業,以及他們的家人。

在回應有關疫苗發放的問題時,查理貝克表示,州政府必須先知道情況,才能計畫、打造基礎建設。目前州政府只能看到大約一週數量的疫苗供應而已,所以很難預估可以做到什麼程度。

 Baker-Polito Administration Awards Another $37 Million in Grants to 638 Businesses, Extends Capacity Limits and Lifts Early Closing Requirement for Businesses  

25% Capacity Limits for Most Sectors Extended for Two Weeks, Early Closing Order & Stay At Home Advisory Rescinded

 


BOSTON
 — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $37.4 million in awards to 638 additional small businesses in a fourth round of grants through the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. Restaurants, bars and retail stores, which have been especially impacted during the pandemic, are among the key industries to lead this round.

 

The Administration announced an extension of the existing, across the board 25% capacity limits for most businesses and current limitations on gatherings through 5:00 AM on Monday, February 8th. The Administration also announced that effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00 AM, it would rescind an existing Early Closing order requiring many businesses to close at 9:30 PM each evening, and that at the same time it would also withdraw its related Stay At Home advisory urging residents to remain at home between the hours of 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

 

All other orders and safety guidance remain in place throughout the Commonwealth as the state continues to fight COVID-19 and vaccines ramp up in all regions.

 

COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM

 

To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $232 million in direct financial support to 4,757 small businesses. This funding has been made available through a $668 million business relief fund set up in December, as well as $50.8 million for small and diverse businesses included in the economic recovery package announced in October. 

 

Additional grants will be announced in the coming weeks for thousands of additional businesses. 

 

On Monday, the Sector-Specific Small Business Relief Grant Program, a new program also administered by MGCC that targets industries experiencing the most significant economic hardship and a loss of revenue, closed for new applications. MGCC will continue to review applications to both programs in the coming weeks, and applicants will be able to review the status of their application through the Submittable portal. Award notifications for the sector-specific program will be made in February. 

 

STAY AT HOME ADVISORY:

 

The DPH Stay at Home Advisory for the hours of 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM will be rescinded effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00 AM.

 

MANDATORY EARLY CLOSING ORDER:

 

The Mandatory Early Closing Order, which since early November has required certain businesses to close by 9:30 PM each night, will be rescinded effective Monday, January 25th at 5:00 AM.

 

Effective with the January 25 rescinding of the Order, the following businesses listed below may operate past 9:30 PM:

 

  • Restaurants

 

  • Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation (Phase 3, Step 1 only)

 

  • Indoor and Outdoor Events

 

  • Movie Theaters

 

  • Outdoor Theaters

 

  • Drive-In Movie Theaters

 

  • Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities

 

  • Golf Facilities

 

  • Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses (e.g. charter boats)

 

  • Outdoor Recreational Experiences (includes haunted houses)

 

  • Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities

 

  • Driving and Flight Schools

 

  • Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers

 

  • Close Contact Personal Services (e.g. hair and nail salons)

 

  • Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours

 

  • Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs

 

  • Indoor and Outdoor Pools

  

Effective with the rescinding of the Early Closing Order, liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol will be permitted to sell alcohol past 9:30 PM; and adult use cannabis retailers will also be permitted to sell cannabis after 9:30 PM.

 

Gatherings and events will also be permitted to continue past 9:30 PM. All gatherings and events will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

 

Phase 3, Step 2 businesses must remain fully closed. 

 

SECTOR-SPECIFIC CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS & GATHERING LIMITS

 

Capacity Limits: Under the current restrictions that are being extended today, most customer-facing businesses operating in Massachusetts remain subject to a 25% capacity limit.

 

For a list of sectors subject to the extended capacity restrictions, click here.

 

Gatherings Limit: The current gathering limits in place since December 26 are also being extended to Monday, February 8th. Indoor gatherings and events will remain limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings and events will remain limited to 25 people outside. The gatherings limit applies to private homes, event venues and public spaces.

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