Rally, Day of Action for State Businesses Planned For May 17

Local business and advocacy organizations across the state are hosting a Virtual Rally and Digital Day of Action for Local Businesses in MA Monday, May 17, from 10 to 11 a.m., along with state Sen. Diana DiZoglio and state Rep. Dylan Fernandes.

The event will be an opportunity for local businesses, their employees and customers to understand policy measures introduced on Beacon Hill aimed at helping with small business recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Th elected officials will be providing updates on legislation which includes: extending the ability for restaurants to sell cocktails to-go for two years, placing a permanent cap on third party delivery app fees, compelling insurance companies to pay out on business interruption insurance claims, and establishing grants for new businesses opened in 2020 that have been unable to access any state and federal funding.

Guest speakers will include Steve Kurland, owner of EVOO and Za in Cambridge; Richard Heller, Pineapple Hospitality Consulting Group and longtime vice president of Legal Sea Foods; Jackson Cannon, host bartender of Boston.com’s Cocktail Club and bar director behind the now closed Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and The Hawthorne; and Jitka Borowick, owner of Nove Yoga on Cape Cod. They will speak about how the proposed legislation would impact them. Other businesses are encourage to share their stories of survival.

Registration is required for everyone to get a link to the Zoom rally.