May 12, 2020
Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baker-Polito administration also published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins.
The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.
• Phase 1 will be “Start:” limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions
• Phase 2 will be “Cautious:” additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits
• Phase 3 will be “Vigilant:” additional industries resume operations with guidance
• Phase 4 will be the “New Normal:” development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal.
The mandatory workplace guidelines will apply effective with Phase 1. These guidelines cover social distancing, hygiene, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting.
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