May 18, 2020 | 7:00 PM
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released the Reopening Massachusetts report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. Starting today, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance. Residents are reminded that Massachusetts is still under a state of emergency.
The administration has launched a comprehensive website with reopening information, both for the public and businesses, www.mass.gov/reopening.
As of May 18, manufacturing, construction and places of worship can reopen. Anticipated for May 25 is office space to 25% (except Boston), retail can offer curbside, personal care operations, pet grooming, car washes and laboratories. These industries, and essential services that have remained open, must comply with mandatory safety standards and have until May 25, 2020 to do so. Businesses are not required to reopen, and may not do so if they are unable to follow safety protocols. The Town of Danvers will continue to support local businesses during this process. Businesses can email [email protected] for assistance or questions.
The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. The advisory provides guidance to people over age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions, who are at high risk for COVID-19, that they should continue to stay at home except to run essential errands (such as grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs). Do not participate in close contact activities, such as pick-up sports games. Parents should limit play dates for children.