May 19, 2020 | 6:15 PM
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Good Evening, this is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling.
Yesterday, 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 yesterday, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts began Phase 1 of a cautious reopening. 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 for businesses, the address is www.mass.gov/reopening.
On May 25th, office space outside of Boston will be permitted to reopen at 25% capacity; Boston will reopen at this threshold on June 1st.
Other businesses anticipated to reopen on may 25th include curbside retail, certain 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 by the dates determined by the state, 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.
As additional business re-openings are announced and guidance becomes available, we will provide updates on our website, www.danversma.gov.
The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which encourages residents to continue to stay home to stay at home, if possible, to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The advisory provides guidance to people over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions, who are at high risk for COVID-19, that they should continue to stay home except to run essential errands (such as going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or the doctor’s office). Please do not participate in close contact activities, such as pick-up sports games. Parents should continue to limit play dates for children.
Locally, we are finalizing plans to reopen buildings and park spaces to the public, so that when public health data indicates it is safe to do so, we will be ready.
As a reminder, plans are being finalized to conduct our local elections at the High School Field House on Tuesday, June 2nd, from 10am to 8pm. The election will be conducted following safe social distancing for both poll workers and voters. Face coverings will be required at the polling place.
We appreciate the support of the community during this time and ask that you keep up the great work. As the weather gets nicer, many of us will start to spend more time outside. Please make sure to maintain 6 ft of social distance and wear a face covering when you cannot maintain distance – especially on the rail trail. Also, the requirement to wear a face mask when entering a business remains in effect.
Thank you and please continue to be safe.