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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Re-opening MA - Phase I: "Start" - Effective May 25, 2020

Under a staggered approach, additional Phase 1 sectors of the economy will be permitted to open effective May 25, 2020 including: 

  • Lab space;
  • Office space;
  • Limited personal services, including: hair salons, pet grooming, car washes;
  • Retail: remote fulfillment and curbside pick-up;

Also permitted to open on May 25, 2020 with applicable guidelines, are the following: 

  • 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.

Governor Charlie Baker previously announced that the re-opening will take place over Four Phases: “Start,” “Cautious,” “Vigilant,” and “New Normal.” Each phase will be triggered by health indicators, including testing results and infection rates, hospitalizations and other metrics. All businesses and expanded activities, including governmental services, will need to comply with mandatory safety standards for workplaces that were previously announced, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing / operations, cleaning and disinfecting.


Please visit any of the links below to view the Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19:

Press Release (Date of Record May 18, 2020): Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach

Web Page: Reopening Massachusetts 

SAFETY STANDARDS  around the below businesses now allowed to re-open in Phase I - effective May 25, 2020.

Re-opening Massachusetts
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