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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker released on Monday, May 18th the state’s plan to slowly reopen the state in a four-phased plan designed 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.
The Baker-Polito Administration’s data-driven approach to reopening the economy used a framework that considered the public health risk and the economic benefit of reopening each of the closed sectors of our economy. In addition to this framework, the Baker-Polito Administration looked to what other states are doing, including our immediate neighbors and those that were similarly impacted by COVID-19.
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.
Phase I Businesses: Manufacturing, Construction, Houses of Worship. Hospitals and community health centers are allowed to provide high-priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients and conditions. A limit on gatherings of 10 people remains in place.
Effective Monday, May 25
Office spaces, except those in Boston, can reopen, as can hair salons, pet grooming and car wash locations across the state. Retail business can do curbside pick-up. Some recreation activities are allowed to restart, including parks, drive-in theaters, some athletic fields and courts, most fishing and hunting, boating, gardens, and zoos.
Effective Monday, June 1
Boston office spaces can reopen.
Phase 2 – Effective at least three weeks after Phase 1:
Retail businesses, restaurants, hotels and other personal services such as nail salons and day spas can reopen with restrictions. Hospitals and community health centers are allowed to provide less-urgent preventative care, including teeth cleanings and certain elective procedures. More recreation is allowed to restart, including campgrounds, playgrounds, public pools, athletic fields and courts and youth sports in a limited fashion.
As residents of Massachusetts, we are all in this together. Across all phases of reopening, please:
- Cover your face
- Wash your hands
- Social distance
- Be vigilant of systems
- Stay home if you feel sick
To get up-to-date alerts sent directly to your phone, textCOVIDMA to 888-777. You can also call the informational and referral hotline, 211.