Kendall’s culture and identity are driven by collaboration, and this is one of our greatest experiments to date — how can we share information, work together, and support each other and our community during this fluid and unsettling time?
Our focus is to arm our members with the tools and resources you need to continue to push the boundaries of innovation and support your employees.
That said, we want to be sure you know that we are here for you and want to hear more about your experience and the ways that we can work creatively together to innovate the way we do business at this challenging time.
Resources for Businesses
The Commonwealth’s business community stands together with a unified voice to advocate for solutions that can provide immediate support and relief to impacted businesses and workers across the Commonwealth, and help them recover in the weeks and months ahead.
Massachusetts is currently in a COVID-19 State of Emergency. Governor Baker has rolled out a four phase reopening plan for the Commonwealth, with the four and final phase to be held for when there is an effective vaccine for COVID-19. On May 1, Governor Baker issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public situations when appropriate social distancing measures are not possible.
The MBTA has adjusted cleaning practices and service schedules to meet the demands of our workforce. Customers are now required to wear masks at all times on the MBTA and should board at the rear doors of buses and street-level trolley stops.
How to Help
There are many different resources from the state and several foundations set up to support those most vulnerable during this crisis.
This program is open to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees who can demonstrate an adverse impact on revenues resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.
In response to the public health crisis created by COVID-19, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager, Louis A. DePasquale have activated the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. This will provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 crisis in partnership with non-profit organizations. Donate today to support those who are most vulnerable during this crisis.
Are KSA events moving forward as planned?
All KSA convenings will occur digitally for the time being. This includes our online gatherings like Future of (How we) Work and our upcoming Inclusion Drives Innovation programming. Send an email to our membership team to be added to the mailing list for these virtual convenings.
What non-events programming does KSA have coming up?
In addition to our online member programs like Future of (how we) Work Task Force and Inclusion Drives Innovation, KSA is continuing to cultivate collaborations across the private and public sectors. From partnering with the CIC for accessible and affordable COVID-19 testing to joining forces with Toast to facilitate easy ordering from local restaurants for Kendall employees, there’s no shortage of opportunities to plug into the KSA community. And our transportation advocacy will not slow down– especially as we use this moment to change our commuting behaviors. We all know the congestion will, unfortunately, return, so the KSA team will continue to advocate on your behalf at the State House and connect with transportation advocates across the world to create policies that will support the future.
How can we support Kendall restaurants and retailers during this challenging time?
Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts plan allows restaurants to offer indoor and outdoor dining for restaurants following safety guidelines. Safety measures include six feet of separation between tables and takeout lines, all servers must wear masks at all times, and increased cleaning and sanitary precautions. Many of our restaurants are doing all they can to stay afloat and need our community’s support through catering orders and gift card purchases. For a list of Kendall restaurants who are here to feed you, please click here and filter by selecting “hospitality”.