Massachusetts begins Phase 2 of Governor Baker’s re-opening plan

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – Phase 2 of Governor Baker’s plan to re-open the state begins Monday.

Retail stores, restaurants, and hotels and lodging services can all open with certain restrictions. Those restrictions include retail stores allowing customers inside as long as they adhere to strict protocols including limited occupancy.

Hotels and lodging cannot host any meetings or events. Restaurants are allowed to reopen for outdoor dinning services only.

This phase will unfold in two steps, but we don’t know when the second part will begin. Restaurants won’t be able to allow people to eat inside until the second part of phase 2.


Reopening: When can my business reopen?

The following detailed commentary provides guidance for industries on the reopening plan as of June 6, 2020.

The following detailed commentary is related to the Executive Orders signed by Governor Baker on May 18, 2020, and June 1, 2020. This document is intended to provide additional information on businesses and activities summarized in the Reopening Massachusetts report.  This is not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that will be authorized open in each phase.  The list may be updated from time to time.

For additional information please visit the Reopening Massachusetts website www.mass.gov/reopening.

Unless otherwise stated, businesses expected to be authorized to re-open in future phases will be subject to certain limitations and guidelines that will be provided at a later date.  These limitations and guidelines will include a variety of mandatory context-specific COVID-19 safety measures such as occupancy limitations, operational modifications, social distancing rules, and specialized cleaning requirements.  All businesses are required to follow Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and Sector specific safety protocols and best practices. 

All of this information is subject to revision based on the latest public health data.  Each phase will last at least three weeks, but could last longer, depending on the public health data.  Each phase may contain multiple steps that stagger the reopening dates for businesses and activities within that phase.

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; Construction related – e.g., painting, repairs, etc.
  • Phase 2 – non construction related; 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
  • Please refer to retail guidance for Phase 2

Car washes; Phase 1 – May 25

  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening

Drive-in movie theaters; Phase 1 – May 25

  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening

Hair salons / barbershops; Phase 1 – May 25

  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening, including requirement that salons must limit services to hair services performed on the head. Services on the face or other parts of the body are prohibited and limit services to one client per worker per appointment (workers are not permitted to service more than one client appointment at a time).

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

Pet grooming; Phase 1 – May 25

  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening

Retail Stores, including stores in malls:

  • Phase 1 – May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only
  • Phase 2 – browsing inside the store with restrictions
  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening in Phase 2

Casinos:

  • Hotel & Restaurants – Phase 2
  • Gaming floors – 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.).

Horse racing tracks and simulcast facilities (no spectators); Phase 3

Driving schools; Currently allowed to offer classroom instruction online

  • Phase 2 – behind-the-wheel training

Occupational Schools:

  • Phase 2 – for the limited purposes of permitting students to complete a degree, program, or prerequisite for employment, or other similar requirement for completion

Hotels, motels, inns, and other short-term lodgings:

  • Currently open to provide services to essential workers and vulnerable populations.
  • Phase 2 – reopen to serve other guests with restrictions
  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening

Personal services that don’t involve close personal contact (such as photography, window washers, career coaching); Phase 2

Close contact personal services (such as massage therapy, nail salons, tattoo parlors, electrolysis studios); Phase 2 – Step 2

Personal trainers:

  • Phase 2 – as a close contact personal service in Step 2
  • Appointment-only training with only one customer (or two from the same household) allowed in the facility at a time

Restaurants

  • Phase 1 – can continue to offer takeout and delivery options
  • Phase 2 – outdoor seating permitted in Step 1, indoor seating permitted in Step 2
  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening

Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks: Phase 4

Fitness centers and health clubs: Phase 3

Including:

  • cardio/weight rooms/locker rooms/inside facilities
  • fitness studios (yoga, barre, cross-fit, spin classes, general fitness studios)
  • locker rooms/shower rooms
  • indoor common areas
  • indoor swimming pools
  • indoor racquet courts and gymnasiums
  • excluding saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms

See entries on ‘outdoor fitness classes,’ ‘personal trainers,’ and ‘Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms’ for more information

Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at health clubs, gyms, and other facilities; Phase 4

Movie theatres:

  • Phase 3 – moderate capacity
  • Phase 4 – large capacity

Museums; Phase 3

Aquariums; Phase 3

Theaters and performance venues (such as concert halls) of moderate capacity:

  • Phase 3 – both indoor and outdoor
  • Large performance venues will open in Phase 4 following guidance for other large venues.

Large capacity venues used for group or spectator events (such as theaters and concert halls, ballrooms, stadiums and arenas, dance floors, exhibition and convention halls, private party rooms):

  • Phase 4

Flight schools; Phase 2

Beer gardens / breweries / wineries / distilleries:

  • Phase 2: if providing seated food service under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities
  • Phase 4: if not providingseated food service under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities
  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening in Phase 2

Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs; Phase 4

Non-athletic instructional classes in arts / education / life skills:

  • Phase 2 – youths under 18 years of age, in groups of fewer than 10
  • Phase 3 – people of all ages

Funeral homes; Phase 2

  • 40% capacity limit; one service at a time in the facility

Warehouses and distribution centers; Phase 2

Weddings/events/large gatherings in parks, reservations, and open spaces; Phase 3 – with moderate capacity

Motion picture, television and streaming production; Phase 3

  • Activities that have been authorized to reopen in earlier phases (e.g. office work, construction) may open in those phases

Recreation & outdoors

Beaches; Open with restrictions 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

Golf facilities including outdoor driving ranges; Phase 2

Parks; 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

Outdoor theatres and performance venues; Phase 3 – moderate capacity venues

Camps including sports and arts camps:

  • Phase 2 – recreational day camps
  • Phase 3 – overnight camps
  • Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening

Limited organized youth and adult amateur sports programs and activities:

  • Phase 2 – outdoor only for adults, indoor for supervised youth programs and activities
  • Phase 3 – indoor and outdoor for all ages

Professional sports practice and training programs; Phase 2

Other outdoor recreational facilities (pools, playgrounds, spray decks, mini golf, go karts, batting cages, climbing walls); Phase 2

Indoor recreational and athletic facilities for general use (not limited to youth programs); Phase 3

Other indoor recreation (such as batting cages, driving ranges, go karts, bowling alleys, arcades, laser tag, roller skating rinks, trampolines, rock-climbing); Phase 3

Sightseeing and other organized tours (bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching); Phase 3

Outdoor historical spaces / sites; Phase 2

Indoor historic spaces / sites; Phase 3

Cruise ships; N/A

  • Operating under federal guidance, No Sail order currently in effect

Outdoor fitness classes; Phase 1 – May 25

  • Please refer to detailed Outdoor Education Program guidance

Fishing and hunting tournaments and other amateur or professional derbies; Phase 3

Street Festivals, Parades and Agricultural Festivals; Phase 4

Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events; Phase 4

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