Offices re-open in Massachusetts with restrictions

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Tuesday will be the first day back in the office for many workers in the state since Monday was a federal holiday.

Offices that are opening back up will only be allowed up to 25 percent capacity and all employees will need to maintain six feet of social distance. Common spaces like break rooms will need to be reconfigured, cafeterias will only be able to operate with prepackaged food, physical partitions must separate workstations that cannot be spaced out.

All workplaces will also have to ensure access to handwashing facilities on-site and supple workers with adequate cleaning products. Everyone who works in an office is still being encouraged to work from home if possible.

Businesses will also be required to self-certify they are adhering to safety requirements laid out by the state. That includes having a plan on-premises for dealing with the virus and hanging posters which include safety standards and rules.

Reopening Massachusetts: When can my business open?

Businesses

Auto dealers and wholesalers

  • Phase 1 – May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only: Follow guidelines for non-essential retail and car dealerships found in the Essential Services FAQ
  • Phase 2 – browsing inside the showroom with restrictions

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: Please refer to detailed guidance for reopening
  • Phase 1 – June 1 City of Boston

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

Recreation & outdoors

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


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