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Find all the tools you need to reopen your establishment.

State Reopening Regulations

Find the States reopening guidelines and more resources on our Business Recovery Page

Reopening Massachusetts- general business guidance, sector guidelines and access to all documents  Click Here

Full Reopening Advisory Board Report Click Here

When can my business reopen? Detailed industry reopening plan Click here

Gov. Baker’s Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards Click Here

Find Supply Vendors Click here

Gov. Baker’s Four-Phased Reopening Plan  Click Here 

Gov. Baker’s reopening plan presentation Click Here

Local Information for Reopening your Business

Let us know you are reopening

In order for the town to stay informed of when businesses are opening, we are asking that you complete a short form when you are ready to open. Please CLICK HERE to access the short form for us to track your plans moving forward.

Outdoor Seating Regulations

View Town of Ashland’s Outdoor Seating Regulations

Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) Microenterprise Assistance Program (Draft)

MicroEnterprise Grant Social Media PostThe Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) has awarded $4,950,000 of Massachusetts Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) funds to 23 eligible municipalities for Microenterprise Assistance.  Ashland is one of these communities and will be awarded $280,500.00.  

These special CDBG-CV funds were appropriated through the CARES Act of 2020 and are being awarded to DHCD by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) via amendment to the existing DHCD CDBG FY2019 One Year Action Plan. 

CDBG-CV Microenterprise Assistance grant funding will support qualifying microenterprises adversely impacted by COVID-19. A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has 5 or fewer employees, 1 or more of whom owns the enterprise and must be a for-profit entity. Business type exclusions to the grant include: Real estate rentals/sales businesses, businesses owned by persons under age 18, businesses that are chains, liquor stores, weapons/firearms dealers, lobbyists or Cannabis-related businesses.

CLICK HERE To read full press release.

Submit your application for the Microenterprise grant beginning October 22nd. Access the application here.

Employment & Workforce Development

An additional $54 million is available to support workforce recovery efforts through existing programming such as the Skills Capital Grants program, the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, and the Workforce Training Trust Fund.

Direct Support to Small Business and Downtowns; New Round of Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program

A new $10 million round of the Shared Streets and Spaces Grant Program will continue to help cities and towns quickly implement or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce in their communities. Click here to access additional information about the Shared Streets and Spaces program. Separately, local recovery planning grants will soon be available to cities and towns to assist with long-term planning for their business districts.

Life Sciences

$62 million in existing capital funding through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and MassVentures is available to support recovery and growth.

Keep your establishment safe with these basic techniques

Follow CDC Daily Habits Click Here

Follow CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes Click Here and Click Here

Follow CDC’s Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation Click Here

Additional Tips:

  • Mark spaces on the floor to encourage customers to stay 6ft apart
  • Continue "Senior Hours" at establishments for the populations at risk.
  • Encourage touchless point of sales 
    • use golf pencils to sign materials
    • encourage customers to use Google and Apple Pay options

Purchase Personal Protective Gear

Here are some suggested vendors and products:

State Guidelines for Purchasing Hygenic and Protective Supplies

Sani-Tyze® food contact surface sanitizer 

Hand Sanitizer from MatTek available in bulk and in 3oz containers

Plexiglass from Silton Glass

H.T Berry Co. Inc. Disposable Face Masks - HT Berry has a $300 minimum. Doragon Ramen receives weekly deliveries, and local businesses can add to this order at no charge. Jim Berry, the owner is willing to work with local businesses to help them get re-opened.
Contact: James R. Berry - Cell (781) 888-0571

Alan MacIntosh, owner of local restaurant Doragon Ramen offers the following items for sale for pickup:

  • Powder Free Vinyl Gloves  - Limit 1 each size per business
    • Medium Box of 100 - $4
    • Large Box of 100 - $4
    • X-Large Box of 100 - $4
  • Masks - Limit 1 Per Business
    • Box of 50 Disposal Surgical Masks - $50
  • Sanitizer - Limit 4 Bottles Per Business
    • 1 Quart Bottle of Sani-Tyze - $4

Contact Alan if you seek assistance acquiring these essential items at 

Purchase Safe Social Distancing Signage

Here are some suggested vendors:

Hot Plates Sign Company

Alltype Digital Graphics

Spyglass Professional Printing Service

Helpful Apps

Zip Whip - Zipwhip’s Texting for Business is the fast, easy and convenient way for businesses and customers to reach each other 

Motionvibe -Drives revenue and retention for fitness businesses and organizations in today’s highly competitive fitness industry. 

Streamyard - StreamYard is a live streaming studio in your browser. Interview guests, share your screen, and much more. Stream directly to Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other platforms. 

Shopify - Sell anywhere, to anyone, with Shopify’s ecommerce platform and point of sale features.

Restaurant Resources 

State’s Mandatory Safety Standards for Restaurants in Phase 2 

View Town of Ashland’s Outdoor Seating Regulations

ServSafe Free CoursesIncludes Free Certification Course for Covid-19 Takeout, Covid-19 Delivery, Covid-19 Re-Openings

FDA Guidelines for Restaurants 

Visit the full list of resources on our Restaurant Recovery Page