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Last Updated: 01/18/2021
COVID-19 Update, January 7th, 2021
The Baker- Polito Administration announced today that Massachusetts will remain in Reopening Phase 3, Step 1 with special capacity limits until at least January 24th. This change represents a two week extension of the December 26th order. For a description of current guidelines and limits, please read below.
Current State Guidance:
Effective December 26th, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ordered all gatherings to limit the number of people in attendance to 10 for indoor gatherings and 25 for outdoor gatherings. They additionally ordered that most businesses reduce indoor capacity to 25%. This includes indoor restaurant seating, retail businesses, and offices. For sector-specific guidance, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/.../temporary-capacity-and-gathering.... These restrictions will remain in effect until January 24, 2021
COVID-19 Update, January 4, 2021
On Wednesday, January 6th, at 11:59 PM, the City of Brockton Executive Order dated December 14th will be lifted. This means that the City will follow all Massachusetts reopening guidelines on COVID-19. While spaces like gyms, museums, and recreation facilities can reopen, they cannot exceed 25% indoor capacity.
Current State Guidance:
Effective December 26th, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ordered all gatherings to limit the number of people in attendance to 10 for indoor gatherings and 25 for outdoor gatherings. They additionally ordered that most businesses reduce indoor capacity to 25%. This includes indoor restaurant seating, retail businesses, and offices. For sector-specific guidance, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/temporary-capacity-and-gathering-limits. These restrictions will remain in effect until January 10, 2021.
Grant Assistance Available for Small Business Owners Impacted by COVID-19, Applications Open December 31st
Attention Brockton Small Businesses:
The Sector-Specific Relief Grant Program for Massachusetts Businesses will open on December 31st for grant applications from small businesses suffering from COVID-19 related losses. Small businesses can apply to receive grants up to $75,000, but awards may not exceed more than three months of operating expenses. $668 Million in funds have been allocated to small business relief in Massachusetts from the federal government and from the Commonwealth’s own reserves.
The first round of grant funding will be dispersed to businesses that have already applied for support. Applications open on December 31st, 2020 at noon for the next funding cycle. Applications will close on January 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM. The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation will be responsible for accepting the grant applications.
The grant application, instructions, and business eligibility requirements can be found at: https://www.empoweringsmallbusiness.org/covid-19-response/sector-specific-relief-grant-program-massachusetts-businesses
COVID-19 Update, December 23rd, 2020: Baker-Polito Administration Announce Additional Restrictions:
Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced additional restrictions to address the COVID-19 surge. Effective December 26th, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ordered all gatherings to limit the number of people in attendance to 10 for indoor gatherings and 25 for outdoor gatherings. They additionally ordered that most businesses reduce indoor capacity to 25%. This includes indoor restaurant seating, retail businesses, and offices. For sector-specific guidance, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/temporary-capacity-and-gathering-limits. These restrictions will remain in effect until January 10, 2021.
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that $668 Million in small business relief funds have been allocated to Massachusetts from the federal government. Grants of $75,000 have been made available to small businesses. The first round of grant funding will be dispersed to businesses that have already applied for support. Applications will reopen on December 31st for the next funding cycle. For more information or to watch the full announcements, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/governor-updates
COVID-19 Update, December 14th, 2020:
Out of an abundance of caution, Mayor Robert F. Sullivan has issued an Executive Order dated December 14, 2020 that will return the City of Brockton to Phase Two, Step Two guidance on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 for a three week period. This change in reopening guidance will necessitate the closure of indoor gyms, museums, event spaces, theaters, arcades, and recreational facilities. The decision to step back to Phase 2.2 was made in accordance with numerous conversations with other Mayors throughout the Commonwealth and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Several other cities in Massachusetts are rolling back to Phase 2.2 in light of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth.
- Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, including gyms using alternative spaces
- One-on-one personal training sessions are allowed
- Movie theaters
- Indoor recreational and athletic facilities (except for youth 18 and under)
- This does not apply to collegiate or professional sports. Collegiate sports teams in the City of Brockton may continue to use indoor recreational facilities and fitness centers.
- Indoor pools may remain open for all ages under pre-registration format structure limited to one person per swim lane.
- Indoor recreational venues with potential for low-contact (batting cases, driving ranges, bowling alleys, rock-climbing)
- Sightseeing and other organized tours
- Indoor historical spaces & sites
- Indoor event spaces (meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms, social clubs)
- Private social clubs may continue to operate, if they serve food, consistent with restaurant guidance.
For full details please visit the Commonwealth's COVID-19 Reopening Information page:
Due to Brockton's designation as a "higher risk" community, effective tomorrow Saturday August 22, Mayor Robert F. Sullivan has ordered a Citywide curfew for all residents and visitors between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am with exceptions for essential travel. He is also closing the Harold D. Bent Playground at Ash Street Park; the James Edgar Playground; and the Nelson Playground (South Middle School) from the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. He has also created a City COVID-19 Enforcement team of public health and public safety officials to combat the spread of COVID-19 and alert individuals as to the urgency of health and safety precautions and has issued protocols for fines for violations of city and state orders.
The City of Brockton reminds residents of the Governor's orders to wear masks in public to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Reopening Brockton Restaurants
License Commission Restaurant Reopening
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center is offering COVID testing in Brockton as part of the Stop the Spread campaign. Testing is FREE to anyone regardless of symptoms, including non-Brockton residents. To get more information, please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread.
A Message from Mayor Robert F. Sullivan
Out of an abundance of caution, Mayor Robert F. Sullivan has issued an Executive Order closing City buildings to the public beginning on Monday, December 7, 2020. The public will still be able to access City buildings if they have made an appointment with a specific office for City services.
- This order applies to City Hall, the Council on Aging, the Board of Health building, the War Memorial Building, the DPW Building, and all Public Libraries. Access without an appointment will be limited to staff only. In these buildings, City staff will continue to report at 50% capacity each day.
- Brockton Police and Fire will continue to operate at full staffing. The Brockton Fire Department will close to the public but the Police Station will remain open. All Council on Aging activities have been postponed. At this time, essential services involving public safety and refuse will continue uninterrupted. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
- Residents can utilize the existing drop box located outside of City Hall for payment of bills by check or money order. Cash may not be left in the drop box.. Any envelope sized documents directed to City Hall departments may be left in the drop box. Staff will be available by phone and email in all departments during regular business hours to provide information and answer questions.
The decision to limit in-person capacity at City buildings was made in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Baker-Polito Administration, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
I remind residents of the Governor’s orders to wear masks in public to stop the spread of COVID-19. This order applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces especially where social distancing is not possible. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.
BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Governor’s Executive Order suspended portions of the Open Meeting Law to allow for remote participation for boards and committees. The City is actively working to provide boards, committees and residents with remote capability that allows for participation at home. Please check the City’s calendar for information on specific meetings: https://brockton.ma.us/events/