The Braintree Chamber of Commerce hosted its second COVID-19 update with Mayor Kokoros, State Senator John Keenan and members of the real estate community on May 11.
Meeting by video conference, participants discussed the pandemic’s impact on residential and commercial renters and landlords as well as the broader business community. Incoming Braintree Chamber chair Kim Kroha led the meeting.
Coronavirus update from Town Hall
The mayor reported that 78 Braintree residents have died of Covid-19 to date, and 65% of cases are in nursing homes and long-term-care facilities. The number of new cases is declining, although the numbers are “far higher” than could have been anticipated at the start of the crisis.
The mayor expressed his commitment to working closely with business owners to reopen safely after the governor lifts restrictions and issues guidelines.
“We want everyone to get back to work, but we also don’t want everyone to get exposed,” the mayor said. Given that Braintree’s numbers are higher than the state average, the town likely will require stricter measures than those ordered by the state, he added.
News from the Commonwealth
Senator Keenan provided these updates:
The governor’s Reopening Advisory Board is meeting with stakeholders representing more than 50 industries, according to Margaret LaForest of the Mass. Office of Business Development. She encouraged business owners to contact her for assistance navigating federal and state relief options.
All courts of the Commonwealth, including Housing Courts and Probate and Family Courts, are closed to the public except for non-emergency hearings, although eFiling is available. Pat McDermott, the Norfolk County Register of Probate, reported that the courts anticipate a sharp increase in eviction hearings after the moratorium ends.
What landlords and tenants are saying
Kim Kroha of Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C. conveyed news from her law firm’s commercial real estate practice:
Jay Nuss of Jay Nuss Realty Group represents small and medium business owners in the area.
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