Information on Reopening Massachusetts

On May 18, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. 

Read the Reopening Massachusetts announcement.

In tandem with the reopening announcement, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health updated the Stay at Home advisory to a Safer at Home advisory, which instructs everyone to stay at home unless they are heading to a newly opened facility or activity, and includes specific recommendations for those over 65, along with reminders to wear face coverings, wash hands frequently, and limit gatherings to 10 or less people. 

Read the Safer at Home advisory.

Reopening Plan Details

This plan includes a four-phased approach that is based on public health guidance. Each phase is expected to last a minimum of three weeks or longer before moving to the next phase. If public health data shows an increase in COVID-19 infections, specific industries, regions or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase in the plan.

COVID-19 Reopening Phases

See an overview of the four-phased plan. 

Phase 1 Openings (with restrictions)

Opening DateBusiness Type & Guidance Links
May 18Businesses now operating, Places of Worship, Construction, Manufacturing, Hospitals/Community Health Care centers
May 25Office Space, Labs, Hair salons/barber shops, Pet Grooming, Car Washes, Retail (for remote fulfillment/curbside only), Outdoor Recreation (including beaches, parks, certain athletic fields and courts, boating, fishing, campgrounds, gardens, zoos, preserves, and more)

Additional information and guidance on child care, camps and transit will be issued in the coming days.

See the Detailed Industry Reopening Plan. 

Phase 2 Openings (with restrictions and guidelines - timeline has not been determined)

  • Retail, restaurants, lodging, additional personal services (nail salons, day spas)
  • Less urgent preventative services and care (dentists, elective health procedures), day programs, campgrounds, playgrounds, pools, athletic fields and courts, limited youth sports

Phase 3 Openings (with guidelines)

  • Bars, arts and entertainment (casinos, fitness clubs, gyms, museums), all other business activities except nightclubs and large venues
  • More routine care services, youth sports, games, tournaments

Phase 4 Openings

  • Full resumption of lifestyle including nightclubs and large venues, all outdoor recreation and activities 

Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards 

To operate, all Massachusetts businesses will need to meet the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and relevant Sector-Specific Protocols established by the State. To support businesses, the State has developed a guide to educate business owners on what supplies are needed to return to workplaces, and a portal to connect businesses with supply manufacturers and distributors. 

Businesses are required to self-certify that they are following these standards. Local boards of health will be responsible for enforcing these standards if necessary, 

Read the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and protocols.