Phase 2 Reopening
Governor Baker issued guidelines for additional businesses that will be a part of Phase 2 of Massachusetts’ reopening. More specifically, this included guidelines for retailers. Childcare reopening will also coincide with Phase 2 and the state provided information on how to prepare.
Retailers will be allowed in-store shopping, although at a reduced capacity. Businesses will be permitted 8 people for every 1,000 square feet or 40% of maximum store capacity. To read the extensive list of guidelines visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-retail-businesses.
Also released were requirements for:
- Childcare and youth services: https://eeclead.force.com/resource/1591036172000/Min_Req.
- Lodging and Hotels: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-operators-of-lodgings.
Restaurant Announcement Expected June 6
While an exact date has still not been made available by the Baker administration for when patrons will be allowed inside restaurants, Massachusetts restaurants should expect to begin the reopening process as early as June 8. Governor Baker will announce more details on June 6, but what we do know is that outdoor dining will be allowed during Phase 2 of the reopening.
There is an extensive list of rules businesses must adhere to in order to reopen and we urge business owners to begin reviewing the new guidelines for operating a restaurant. The checklist can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-restaurants.
For more guidance on reopening phases and additional businesses in Phase 2 please visit https://www.mass.gov/doc/guidance-for-industries-on-the-reopening-plan/download or www.mass.gov/reopening.
As always please contact [email protected] with any questions or comments.