Town of Barnstable and Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District will participate in the Local Rapid Recovery Program through the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative


CONTACT:     Gloria McPherson, Economic Development Coordinator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Hyannis, MA – March 25, 2021)  The Town of Barnstable, together with the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District (BID), has been awarded participation in the Local Rapid Recovery Program from the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) under the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. This award provides technical assistance tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 impacts that have affected downtowns and commercial centers throughout Massachusetts.

The focus of the program is to understand the unique impacts of COVID-19 on Barnstable businesses, particularly targeted to Downtown Hyannis Businesses within and just outside of the BID area, and to develop short-range, actionable projects that will help drive business and economic recovery. Recommendations will also be developed for longer-range actions that will foster business resiliency and economic sustainability, including recommendations for project-related investments that align with existing public resources and the potential to leverage additional resources from other partners and funders.

Planning & Economic Development Coordinator Gloria McPherson stated, “We are happy to have this opportunity to partner with our business community and the BID to strategize ways to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a robust business environment, and to help position our local businesses for long-term success.”

The MDI has appointed MJB Consulting, a real estate and economic development consulting firm based out of New York City and Berkeley, as the Plan Facilitator for the project. President of the firm Michael Berne previously worked on the “Main Street Hyannis Retail Market Analysis and Positioning Strategy” which analyzed Downtown Hyannis’s retail mix and identified ways it could be better positioned within the broader competitive marketplace.

BID Executive Director Elizabeth Wurfbain stated, “We are thrilled to be paired with MJB Consulting. Michael Berne has worked extensively in Massachusetts and all over the US, and has worked with the Town and BID in the past. We look forward to sharing ideas and creating solutions for a post-COVID world that build on his prior work in Downtown Hyannis.”

The success of the program depends in large part on input and participation from the business community. In this regard, Barnstable has an advantage. Last year, the BID, local business owners, and multiple Town departments came together to brainstorm how local businesses could operate outdoors in light of gathering and physical distancing limitations brought on by the pandemic. This collaboration transformed Main Street. Local businesses will play a primary role and the Town will assist with ongoing engagement from the community in the Local Rapid Recovery Program.


13 DEC 2020 – STATEWIDE ROLLBACK TO Phase 3, Step 1

  • Effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday, December 13, 2020
  • Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1: The entire Commonwealth will move to Phase 3, Step 1 of the Reopening Plan. In addition, the following updates to capacity limits will go into effect:
    • Outdoor gatherings at event venues and public spaces to 50 people
    • Outdoor Theaters and Performance Venues to 25% and no more than 50 people
    • Close Indoor Theaters and Performance Venues and a few smaller indoor recreation businesses like roller rinks and trampoline parks
    • Reduce capacity from 50% to 40% for several industry sectors noted below:
      • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
      • Driving and Flight Schools
      • Gyms/Health Clubs
      • Libraries
      • Museums
      • Retail
      • Offices
      • Places of Worship
      • Lodging (common areas)
      • Golf
      • Movie theaters (no more than 50 people per theater)
  • Restaurants and Event Venues Protocols Updates: The following updates will be made to restaurant and event venue protocols with regard to face coverings, seating, and performances
    • Wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking
    • Seat no more than six per table and encourage customers to only dine with same household
    • Put a 90-minute time limit on tables
    • Prohibit all musical performances at restaurants
    • Close food court seating
  • Workplaces and Fitness Centers Protocols Updates: The following updates will be made to the Office Spaces and Fitness Centers protocols with regard to face coverings
    • Require mask wearing in offices when not in your own workspace and alone
    • Require mask wearing at all times in gyms
    • Encourage teleworking

All updates to sector specific guidance can be found on later this week.

17 NOV 2020 – My Local MA State Marketing Resources


Dear Economic Development Partners,

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development have developed the My Local MA statewide campaign in response to the toll COVID-19 has taken on local businesses across the Commonwealth.

The campaign encourages consumers to support their local economies by safely spending their money at Massachusetts businesses and attractions – in person, online, and using curbside pickup/takeout. Over the next month, you’ll find the campaign expanding out-of-home, on the radio, on TV, in publications, and more.

Feel free to use the materials and resources available here on your website, social media, and other communications to help spread the message about shopping locally. The site also offers inspiration for your own messaging for customers.

In addition to these ready-to-use and customizable pieces, local businesses will also have the opportunity to share a shout-out on iHeartRadio stations through December 13th to promote their brand. To learn more about the shout-outs, click here.

As always, we are here to pass along all efforts to support you throughout this difficult time and encourage you to reach out should you need assistance.

Best regards,

Gloria McPherson
Town of Barnstable
Economic Development
c  508.776.7283

12 NOV 2020 – MGCC Extends Deadline for COVID-19 Small Business Grants


Applications Due November 17TH APPLY TODAY!

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made $50.8 million in grants available to support small businesses of 50 or fewer employees adversely affected by the pandemic.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will be administering these funds to businesses experiencing economic hardship and a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preference will be given to small businesses whose owners are women, minorities, veterans, members of other underrepresented groups, who are focused on serving Gateway Cities (which includes the Town of Barnstable) and those most negatively impacted by COVID-19. Preference will also be given to applicants that have not been able to receive aid from other federal programs related to COVID-19.

Applications are currently being accepted.

Due to the increased application volume, the new deadline to The deadline to apply is November 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

To learn more and apply, please click here.


Governor Baker announced that beginning Friday, November 6, new restrictions and mandates took effect to help curb the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth.

Baker’s updated orders include the following:
Per the revised Stay at Home Advisory, residents are instructed to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the exception of going to work, running critical errands, or taking a walk.
Face coverings are required be worn in all public places, even when people able to maintain six feet of distance from others.
Gatherings at private residences must now be reduced in size to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and must end by 9:30pm. Violations may result in fines of $500 per person above the limit. The limit on gatherings in public spaces and event venues remains the same at this time.
Certain businesses and activities are required to be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. to coincide with the Stay At Home Advisory:

  • Restaurants (in-person dining must cease at 9:30 p.m., though takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol must cease alcohol sales at 9:30 p.m. (but may continue to sell other products)
  • Adult-use marijuana sales must cease at 9:30 p.m. (not including medical marijuana)
  • Indoor and outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-ins) and performance venues (indoor and outdoor)
  • Youth and adult sports
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating and boating businesses
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers
  • Close-contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural and historical facilities/guided tours

To view the full press release, please click here.

We recognize how hard small businesses and restaurants throughout the Town of Barnstable have been hit by COVID-19 and encourage you to continue considering buying and dining locally in order to help support our community, culture, and economy.
For more information on the status of reopening in Barnstable and other important news, visit the Town of Barnstable’s COVID-19 UPDATE page.
Contact Gloria McPherson, Planning & Economic Development Coordinator at with questions.