The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
Sector-Specific Protocols & Best Practices
Sector-specific mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices. This document will be updated upon official notification from the State of Massachusetts.
- Retail Businesses - reopened on June 8th, updated guidance for June 22nd
- Restaurants - outdoor dining reopened on June 8th, indoor dining to reopen June 22nd
- Operators of Lodgings -permitted to rent rooms on June 8th
- Driving & Flight Schools - permitted to reopen on June 8th
- Golf Facilities - permitted to reopen on June 8th
- Libraries- permitted to reopen on June 8th
- Close Contact Personal Services - permitted to reopen on June 22nd
- Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed - permitted to reopen on June 8th
- Construction - permitted to reopen on May 18th
- Manufacturing - permitted to reopen on May 18th
- Office Spaces - reopened on May 25th, updated guidance for June 22nd
- Laboratories - permitted to reopen on May 25th
- Hair Salons & Barber Shops - permitted to reopen on May 25th
- Car Washes - permitted to reopen on May 25th
- Pet Grooming - permitted to reopen on May 25th
Additional guidelines for activities that are eligible to resume in Phase 1.
- Child Care & Summer Camps - permitted to reopen at some point during Phase 2
- Places of Worship - permitted to reopen on May 18th, 2020
- Outdoor Recreation - guidance from the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs regarding recreation, including beaches, parks, mountain biking, recreational boating & more
- Health & Human Services - guidance for reopening health & human services in Massachusetts
General Business Guidance & Requirements
Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. ALL BUSINESSES MUST MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS BEFORE REOPENING. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.
- Governor Initiates Transition to Phase 2, Step 2
- COVID-19 Control Plan Template – Template that satisfies the MANDATORY written control plan requirement for self-certification
- Compliance Attestation Poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are REQUIRED to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
- Employer Poster and Worker poster – Posters that businesses MUST print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting
- Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces – these new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers
- Phased Approach and Reopening Summary Plan – use this resource to determine which phase your organization falls within
- Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies for the Workplace – these resources are provided to help inform employers and employees about supplies needed to return to workplaces, and connect businesses with manufacturers and distributors