Massachusetts Economic Reopening (05/18/2020)

May 18, 2020

Massachusetts Phased

Economic Reopening

OVERVIEW

The goal of this phased reopening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.

  • Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase
  • If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2)
  • If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase

Please click here to download the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reopening Report. <–

 

PHASE I

PHASE 2

PHASE 3

When Can My Businesses Open?

Category When you can reopen Additional comments
All businesses deemed essential by previous orders Currently allowed These businesses will be required to comply with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and any applicable sector specific safety protocols / best practices by May 25, 2020.
Banks Currently allowed These businesses will be required to comply with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and any applicable sector specific safety protocols / best practices by May 25, 2020.
Financial services Currently allowed These businesses will be required to comply with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and any applicable sector specific safety protocols / best practices by May 25, 2020.
In house services (such as nannies, babysitting) Currently allowed These businesses will be required to comply with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and any applicable sector specific safety protocols / best practices by May 25, 2020.
Real estate open houses Currently allowed with restrictions These businesses will be required to comply with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and any applicable sector specific safety protocols / best practices by May 25, 2020.
Construction Phase 1 – May 18 All construction businesses, please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Firearm retailers and shooting ranges Phase 1 – May 18
Home remodeling Phase 1 – May 18 All construction businesses, please refer to detailed guidance for reopening (includes guidance for remodeling in 1-3 family residences)
In home installations Phase 1 – May 18, construction related

Phase 2 – non construction related

Construction related – e.g., painting, repairs, etc.

Non construction related – e.g., carpet installation, home theaters, security systems

Manufacturing Phase 1 – May 18 All manufacturing businesses, please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Places of worship Phase 1 – May 18 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Auto dealers and wholesalers Phase 1 – May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only

Phase 2 – browsing inside the showroom with restrictions

Follow guidelines for non-essential retail and car dealerships found in the Essential Services FAQ
Car washes Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Drive-in movie theaters Phase 1 – May 25 These businesses must follow Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.
Hair salons / barbershops Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
General office spaces Phase 1 – May 25 except City of Boston

Phase 1 – June 1 City of Boston

 

Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Lab space Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Libraries Phase 1 – May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only

Phase 2 – browsing inside the Library with restrictions

Pet grooming Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Retail (such as clothing stores, toy stores, jewelry stores, nurseries and garden centers that don’t sell food products, adult use cannabis stores) Phase 1 – May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only

Phase 2 – browsing inside the store with restrictions

Casinos Hotel & Restaurants – Phase 2

Gaming area – Phase 3

Theaters / arenas – Phase 3/4

Casinos and hotels attached to them should follow the guidelines for each section of the property (e.g. hotel, restaurants, etc.).
Driving schools Currently allowed to offer classroom instruction online

 

Phase 2 – behind-the-wheel training or observation of another student driver

RMV developing comprehensive guidance for permit testing, road tests and driving schools
Hotels and accommodations (including short-term / private vacation rentals by owner) Currently open to provide services to essential workers and vulnerable populations.

 

Phase 2 – reopen to serve other guests with restrictions

We are actively considering whether additional guidance will be provided to hotels/lodging before Phase 2
Other personal services (such as nail salons, day spas, massage therapy, tattoo parlors, electrolysis studios) Phase 2
Restaurants Phase 1 – can continue to offer takeout and delivery options

Phase 2 – can begin opening dining areas

We are actively considering whether additional guidance will be provided to restaurants before Phase 2
Amusement parks TBD – either Phase 3 or 4
Bars Phase 3 Bars are defined as establishments that only serve alcohol and do not have kitchen areas that prepare food on-site.
Gyms, fitness studios Phase 3 Evaluating earlier opening of personal training and outdoor classes
Movie theatres Phase 3
Museums Phase 3
Performance venues (such as concert halls, theatres)

 

Phase 3 Large performance venues are an exception and will open in Phase 4 following guidance for other large venues.  Some outdoor performance venues may begin opening in Phase 2.
Large venues (such as arenas, stadiums, night clubs, race tracks, other sports venues) Phase 4 In process of determining what qualifies as a large venue.

 

Sports without spectators TBD

Flight schools TBD – not Phase 1 Comprehensive plan is being developed

Recreation & Outdoors

Category When you can reopen Additional comments
Beaches Currently allowed for transitory activity only, will open for more activities in Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Golf Currently allowed with restrictions Continue to follow guidance outlined in the Essential Services FAQ
Parks Currently open, but services/facilities will reopen in Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Fishing, hunting and boating Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Outdoor adventure activities (including ski area summer activities, zip-lines, and mountain biking) Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations Phase 1 – May 25 Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
Other outdoor recreation (such as miniature golf, go karts, batting cages) Phase 2
Outdoor performances Some activities in Phase 2
Summer camps Phase 2 – recreational day camps

Phase 3 – residential camps

Youth sports Some activities in Phase 2
Other indoor recreation (such as indoor batting cages, indoor go karts) Phase 3
Sightseeing (such as bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching) Phase 3
Tours Phase 3
Historical sites TBD – not Phase 1 Comprehensive tourism plan is being developed
Cruise ships N/A Operating under federal guidance, No Sail order currently in effect

 

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