Reopening Massachusetts: When can my business reopen?

Coronavirus Local Impact

The following detailed commentary provides guidance for industries on the reopening plan as of June 1, 2020.

BOSTON (Mass.gov) – 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.

Businesses:

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
  • 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

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 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 simulcast facilities (no spectators): Phase 3

Driving schools: Currently allowed to offer classroom instruction online

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

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 – not at the outset of Phase 2

Personal trainers:

  • Phase 2 – as a close contact personal service, not at the outset of Phase 2
  • Personal training for individuals or no more than 2 persons from the same household

Restaurants:

  • Phase 1 – can continue to offer takeout and delivery options
  • Phase 2 – outdoor seating permitted at outset of Phase 2, indoor seating will be permitted later in Phase 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 providing seated 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

Warehouses and distribution centers: Phase 2

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

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

General Business Downloads and Resources

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.

  • COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the 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 and Worker posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting

Additional Resources

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

General business guidance documents and translations

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