The following is a press release from the Governor’s office submitted to SOURCE media.
BOSTON — Today, February 4, the Baker-Polito Administration announced approximately $173.9 million in awards to 4,043 additional small businesses in the sixth round of COVID relief grants administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC).
This program is focused on serving businesses that have been most impacted by the pandemic, including restaurants, bars, caterers, personal services and independent retailers.
The Administration also announced that effective Monday, February 8 at 5 a.m., businesses can operate at 40% capacity. This is an increase from an existing order limiting capacity to 25% for many businesses that expires Monday.
Beginning when the order expires, restaurants and close contact personal services will also be allowed to operate at a 40% capacity limit.
Additionally, the Administration announced that current restrictions limiting gathering sizes to 10 persons indoors and 25 persons outdoors would remain in place for the present time.
All other orders and safety guidance remain in place throughout the Commonwealth as the state continues to fight COVID-19 and vaccination ramps up in all regions.
COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAMS
To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $450 million in direct financial support to 9,900 small businesses.
This funding has been made available through a $668 million business relief fund set up in December, as well as a $50.8 million fund for small and diverse businesses included in the economic recovery package announced in October.
In parallel with the awards announced today, MGCC is engaging with applicants to the Small Business and Sector-Specific Grant Programs that meet sector and demographic priorities but are missing certain documents that are necessary to be considered for an award. Those applicants will be contacted beginning today, February 4, and MGCC will work with those businesses over the coming weeks to finalize their applications.