Updates & Resources


Access information on City and state plans and guidance to safely reopen the economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.

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What's Open?

Interested in learning which Cambridge businesses and nonprofits are open or closed during the COVID-19 pandemic? We've created lists with help from local business associations and the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition that are being updated frequently showing businesses that are open/closed, offering takeout/delivery/online sales, and which businesses are selling groceries. If you or a business you know is open in Cambridge, please contact Pardis Saffari at 

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City of Cambridge Small Business Assistance Programs

The City of Cambridge Relief, Recovery, and Winter Grants Programs, the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund for small businesses, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) Zero-Interest Loan program is distributing nearly $4.2 Million to Cambridge small businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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Cambridge Orders, Guidance & Guidelines

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Guidance & Guidelines

Massachusetts Essential Services Order & Essential Businesses List

COVID-19 Essential Services Order by Governor Baker

Governor Charlie Baker’s order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide COVID-19 Essential Services was originally issued on March 23, 2020. The order was extended on March 31April 28, and May 15.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices

Sector-specific mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices, including manufacturing, restaurants, retail businesses, and construction can be found here.

Reopening: Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies for the Workplace

These resources are provided to help inform employers and employees about supplies needed to return to workplaces, and connect businesses with manufacturers and distributors. In order to operate in Reopening Phase 1 and all future phases, certain supplies are required. (

US Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance

COVID-19 Resources

SBA offers several different relief options to help businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Click here for more information on all of SBA's current programs.

The deadline for the current round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding is March 31, 2021.


Cambridge's Business Associations

The following is a list of local businesses associations. Visit them online to learn more about what they're during to provide information for and about local businesses: 

General Resources for Local Businesses

Small Business Assistance

The City of Cambridge offers a variety of workshops, programs, and resources.

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Pick It Up Cambridge

The City of Cambridge, in partnership with the local business community, is launching “Pick It Up Cambridge,” a social media and print campaign to encourage patrons to call direct and pick up their orders to help business owners retain the full value of their product and support local eateries.

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Guidance for Businesses

The CDC has guidance for businesses and employers.

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