Each phase of the reopening plan will last a minimum of three weeks, and the transition to the next phase will be driven by six public health indicators:
There is no explicit trigger based on anything beyond healthcare metrics, such as economic activity (or a lack thereof). Even if the plan rolls out as hoped, Phase 1 would last until June 8, Phase 2 until June 29, Phase 3 until July 20, and Phase 4 would not be implemented until August 10. If these public health trends are negative, certain industries, regions, or the entire state may have to revert to an earlier phase.
Businesses will need to follow Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards – minimum safety standards designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These standards include:
In the start phase, as of May 18, 2020, essential businesses (as identified in Governor Baker’s March 23 announcement), manufacturing, and construction may continue or begin operations. Critically, all essential businesses must self-certify that they are compliant with safety standards by no later than May 25.
Detailed protocols for these industries can be found here:
Effective May 25, the list of industries that may operate is expanded to include lab space, office space outside of the City of Boston, limited personal services such as hair, pet grooming, and car washes, and retail stores but utilizing remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up only.
Detailed protocols for each of these industries can be found here:
On June 1, office space in Boston may reopen, subject to the applicable guidelines identified above.
A full list of businesses that may reopen in the start phase can be found here. In order to reopen, businesses must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plan. Templates are available at mass.gov/reopening, along with compliance attestation posters and posters outlining rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, cleaning, and disinfecting, which must be displayed by all reopened businesses.
More detailed information about the next phases in the plan, as well as sector-specific protocols provided by the Massachusetts government, will be released in advance of each phase.
For more information on the reopening plan, view the reopening report or visit the Massachusetts state website.