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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Re-opening MA: Step 1 of Phase II - Effective June 8, 2020

Date of Record: June 6, 2020 - Governor Charlie Baker’s Press Release: The Governor initiated Phase II of the Re-Opening Plan by formal EXECUTIVE ORDER 35 and only following a careful review of public health data. This Order outlines details for Phase II.


  • COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
  • Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
  • Employer and Worker posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting

The following businesses will be eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase II on June 8, 2020 with contingencies:

Outdoor recreational Experiences and Educational Activities

The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step Two of Phase II at a later date to be determined:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants
  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including: SAFETY STANDARDS AND CHECKLIST
    • Hair removal and replacement 
    • Nail care
    • Skin care 
    • Massage therapy
    • Makeup salons and makeup application services
    • Tanning salons
    • Tattoo, piercing and body art services
    • Personal training, with restrictions

Full list and safety protocols available at

Phase II Re-opening Preparations (Previews in Advance of Phase II - May 29, 2020 and June 1, 2020):




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.

Phase II - visual aid from Governor Baker's Re-opening Massachusetts

Please visit Re-opening Massachusetts to view the comprehensive plan on safely re-opening the Massachusetts economy, getting people back to work, and easing social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.

Re-opening Massachusetts
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