Massachusetts Reopening Proving Slower than Expected

Date: June 15, 2020

Phase 2 of the Massachusetts reopening began on June 8th with several additional industries allowed to open their doors. This included indoor retail shopping, lodging, as well as limited childcare services. While not technically opening their doors, restaurants were permitted to begin outdoor dining.

What was not anticipated was splitting Phase 2 into multiple parts. Businesses like nail salons, tattoo shops and personal trainers will be allowed to open during Phase 2, Part 2. This subphase will also allow limited capacity indoor dining at restaurants. The Baker administration stated that Part 2 of Phase 2 will be based on the state meeting certain health criteria but failed to provide further details on which specific metrics needed to be met when asked by NFIB. We expect more information on when Phase 2, Part 2 will begin later in the week.

Reminders for Phase 2 businesses:

  • Retailers:

  • Childcare and youth services:

  • Lodging and Hotels:

  • Restaurants:

For more guidance on reopening phases and additional businesses in Phase 2 please visit:

As always please contact [email protected] with any questions or comments.

CLICK HERE to read a letter from NFIB’s State Director, Christopher Carlozzi to Governor Charlie Baker on the unpredictable reopenings making it hard for small business. 

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