Governor Baker announces re-opening plan for Massachusetts, starting with phase one

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker unveiled Phase 1 on the re-opening plan for the state of Massachusetts Monday morning.

Phase 1:

Governor Baker announced that beginning May 18, manufacturing facilities, construction sites will open with applicable guidelines. Places of worship will also be allowed to reopen with guidelines such as social distancing and encouraging services to be held outdoors.

Hospitals and community health centers that attest to specific public health and safety standards can start providing high priority preventative care, pediatric care, and treatment for high-risk patients.

Hair salons, pet groomers, car washes, lab space, office space, and some retail stores with curbside pickup will be allowed to reopen, following mandatory safety protocols, on May 25. Phase one also included the reopening of beaches, parks, drive-in theaters, and outdoor activities on May 25. The following is a total list of what can reopen with applicable guidelines on May 25.

  • Lab space
  • Office space
  • Limited personal services, including hair salons, pet grooming, car washes
  • Retail: remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up
  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Select athletic fields and courts
  • Many outdoor adventure activities
  • Most fishing, hunting, and boating
  • Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves, and public installations

Phase 2:

  • The rest of retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Lodging,
  • Personal services such as nail salons and day spa
  • Campgrounds
  • Playgrounds
  • Public pools
  • Youth sports with limited fashion

Phase 3:

  • Bars
  • Museums
  • Casinos
  • Gyms/fitness
  • All other business activities except nightclubs and large venues
  • Youth sports games and tournaments with limited crowd sizes

Phase 4:

Phase 4 is the final phase and expected to be the full resumption of all businesses and events.


Governor Baker said each phase will last a minimum of three weeks but could last longer depending on the trends from the daily reports. In each phase, proper safety protocols must be taken. If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase.

You can view the full plan for the reopening of Massachusetts on the state’s website.

Baker was joined with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy and Commissioner of the Department of Public Health Dr. Monica Bharel at the State House around 11 a.m.

With houses of worship potentially re-opening, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released new safety standards for churches.

The Department of Public Health reported that there are now 86,010 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, including 5,797 deaths as of Sunday.

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