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Boston setting up fund to help small busineses buy PPE and related equipment

Mayor Walsh today announced a $6-million fund to help barber shops and other small businesses in Boston buy masks, partitions and other equipment they might need to re-open under new coronavirus regulations.

Walsh said grant applications will be available Thursday afternoon at a city Web site.

According to the city:

Each of the three rounds will provide grants up to $2,000 for small businesses to install the required materials to implement public health measures and procure personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to reopen. The targeted businesses in the first round will be focused on personal services including barber shops and hair salons. The second round will target retail, restaurants, including outdoor dining materials, and remaining personal services including nail salons, day spas, waxing, and laser services. The final round will include bars, arts and entertainment venues, and fitness businesses.

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I work in health care field. Its sick that people provide care for pt's and didn't have the appropriate equipment. Since its available now doesn't help the fact that providers were being exposed prior to getting the PPE.

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I’m confused — isn’t this program for businesses, like barbershop, which have been closed until now? Not for health care providers?

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But that doesn't negate it being good that Boston is providing financial help to small business owners.

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And PPE was in short supply then, if even available at all. If this program were going to divert necessary PPE from health care providers when small businesses reopen then you might have a point, but saying that this is a bad idea because people couldn't get PPE two months ago is silly.

We want these businesses to reopen because they are important sources of jobs and economic activity. We also want them to reopen safely to avoid further infections/deaths and the economic devastation which would be wrought by a second lockdown. Many of these are small businesses and the proprietors may not be able to afford the expense of PPE or plexiglass shields after having had no income for three months.

NOT doing this now "doesn't help the fact that providers were being exposed prior to getting the PPE," either.

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