Reopening Resources

Reopening Resources

As our Commonwealth and Town move through the four-phase approach to reopening outlined by Governor Baker, this portal will be updated regularly with important information and links.  Please check back frequently. 


NEW UPDATES ON FEBRUARY 25, 2021:

Today at 1:00 PM, Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy made several announcements pertaining to the state’s reopening process and sector-specific guidance. These include:

  1. Phase 3, Step 2: Effective March 1st, the Commonwealth will move forward into Phase 3, Step 2. This will reopen:
    • Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces
  • Open at 50% capacity with 500 person max
  • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact: laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses
  • Open at 50% capacity
  1. Updated Capacity Limits: Effective March 1st the following industries will increase to 50% capacity. Employees will be exempt from capacity restrictions in all of these industries:
    • Arcades & Other Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Businesses
    • Close Contact Personal Services
    • Driving and Flight Schools
    • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
    • Golf Facilities (indoor)
    • Libraries
    • Operators of Lodging (common spaces)
    • Museums, Cultural & Historic Facilities, Guided Tours
    • Office Spaces
    • Places of Worship
    • Sectors not Otherwise Addressed
    • Theaters and Performance Venues
    • Relevant EEA Industries – Youth sports spectators etc.
    • The following industries remain unaffected by capacity limits:
  •  Drive-in movie theaters
  •  Construction
  •  Laboratories
  •  Manufacturing
  1. Additional Guidance Changes:
    • Effective March 1st, Restaurants will no longer be subject to a % seated capacity limit and their capacity is limited only by the requirement of 6 feet between tables
  •  Musical performances allowed in restaurants (with appropriate distancing)
  •  90-minute time limit on tables stays in place
  •  Limit of no more than 6 per table stays in place
  •  Food courts remain closed
  • Effective March 1st, Fitting rooms may open in all retail businesses
  1. Gatherings Limit: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the gatherings limit will increase for event venues and public settings, but will stay the same in private settings:
    • Event Venues and Public Settings:
  • 100 indoor
  • 150 outdoor
  • Private Settings (such as private residences):
  • 10 indoors
  • 25 outdoors
  1. Phase 4, Step 1: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the Commonwealth will move into Phase 4, Step 1:
    • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will reopen with a 12% capacity limit
  •  A large venue is defined as a having a capacity of 5,000 or more
  •  Venues with capacity under 5,000 are subject to the Indoor and Outdoor Performance Venue guidance
  • Large venues will be required to submit a safety plan to the Department of Public Health
  • Overnight Camps will be allowed to open for Summer 2021
  • Exhibition and Convention Halls may reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules
  • Dance floors may open at weddings and events only
  • All other Phase 4 industries will not be able to open until a future reopening step. Those include:
  • Road races, street festivals, and parades, and fairs
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks
  • Indoor water parks and indoor/outdoor ball pits
  • Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
  • Beer gardens/ breweries/ wineries/ distilleries
  • Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs—venues offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing and not providing seated food service

Updated guidance can be found at www.mass.gov/reopening.

 


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Statewide Rollback to Phase Three, Step One, Additional Restrictions Effective December 13th https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-statewide-rollback-to-phase-three-step-one-additional

The following documents detail the minimum requirements necessary for reopening. Please review the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces. The Compliance Attestation Checklist must be reviewed, signed and a copy must be kept in your place of business at all times. For the latest information, please visit the Governor's Reopening website here https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

PHASE 3/ Step 1 began on Monday, July 6th. Find guidance below:

Governor Baker announced the Start of Phase 3. https://www.mass.gov/news/reopening-massachusetts-baker-polito-administration-initiates-transition-to-third-phase-of

PHASE 2

Governor Baker announced that Phase 2/Step 2 will begin on Monday, June 22, 2020.  Find guidance below:

Governor Baker announced that Phase 2/ Step 1 will begin on Monday, June 8th, 2020.  Find guidance for this below.

PHASE 1

Once the above Mandatory Safety standards and Compliance Attestation checklist are completed, the following business categories are allowed to reopen as of Monday, May 18th:

Beginning  May 25th, the following business categories and activities will be allowed to resume, once mandatory safety standards and industry-specific guidelines have been met.