June 2, 2020 update: Gov. Baker released new information about the next phases of the state’s reopening plan. Read the latest details here.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced additional details of his four-phase plan to reopen Massachusetts, releasing a report that breaks down when and how businesses will be able to resume operations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Along with announcing several sectors that will be able to begin operations as of today during “Phase 1” like construction and places of worship, Baker’s report covered other industries like bars, movie theaters, and casinos that are slated to reopen during later phases.
The report also states that all businesses are required to follow mandatory workplace safety standards as well as sector-specific safety protocols and best practices outlined by the state. Open businesses providing essential services can remain open and have until May 25 to comply with these standards.
There are currently no dates associated with phases 2, 3, or 4, but Baker said that there will be “at least three weeks” between phases, adding that it could take longer depending on how the coronavirus spreads with the new guidelines in place.
The report also lists when recreation spaces and activities will begin to reopen, including beaches, summer camps, and outdoor performance spaces.
Here’s the full list, with additional details available on the state’s website.
Banks: Currently allowed
Dog walkers: Currently allowed
Financial services: Currently allowed
In house services (such as nannies, babysitting, house cleaning): Currently allowed
Real estate open houses: Currently allowed with restrictions
Construction: Phase 1 — May 18
Firearm retailers and shooting ranges: Phase 1 — May 18
Home remodeling: Phase 1 — May 18
In home installations: Phase 1 — Construction-related (e.g., painting, repairs, etc.); Phase 2 — Non construction related (e.g., carpet installation, home theaters, security systems)
Manufacturing: Phase 1 — May 18
Places of worship: Phase 1 — May 18
Auto dealers and wholesalers: Phase 1 — May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only; Phase 2 — Browsing inside the showroom with restrictions
Car washes: Phase 1 — May 25
Drive-in movie theaters: Phase 1 — May 25
Hair salons / barbershops: Phase 1 — May 25
General office spaces: Phase 1 — May 25 except City of Boston; June 1 for City of Boston
Lab space: Phase 1 — May 25
Libraries: Phase 1 — May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only; Phase 2 — Browsing inside the Library with restrictions
Pet grooming: Phase 1 — May 25
Retail (such as clothing stores, toy stores, jewelry stores, nurseries and garden centers that don’t sell food products, adult use cannabis stores): Phase 1 — May 25 for curbside pickup and delivery only; Phase 2 — browsing inside the store with restrictions
Casinos: Phase 2 — Hotel & Restaurants; Phase 3 — Gaming area; Phase 3/4 —Theaters / arenas
Driving schools: Currently allowed — classroom instruction online; Phase 2 — behind-the-wheel training or observation of another student driver
Hotels and accommodations (including short-term / private vacation rentals by owner): Currently open to provide services to essential workers and vulnerable populations; Phase 2 — reopen to serve other guests with restrictions
Other personal services (such as nail salons, day spas, massage therapy, tattoo parlors, electrolysis studios): Phase 2
Restaurants: Phase 1 — can continue to offer takeout and delivery options; Phase 2 — can begin opening dining areas
Amusement parks: TBD — either Phase 3 or 4
Bars: Phase 3 (Bars are defined as establishments that only serve alcohol and do not have kitchen areas that prepare food on-site.)
Gyms, fitness studios: Phase 3 (Evaluating earlier opening of personal training and outdoor classes)
Movie theatres: Phase 3
Museums: Phase 3
Performance venues (such as concert halls, theatres): Phase 3. (Large performance venues are an exception and will open in Phase 4 following guidance for other large venues. Some outdoor performance venues may begin opening in Phase 2.)
Large venues (such as arenas, stadiums, night clubs, race tracks, other sports venues): Phase 4 (In process of determining what qualifies as a large venue.)
Sports without spectators: TBD
Flight schools: TBD — not Phase 1
Recreation & outdoors
Beaches: Currently allowed for transitory activity only, will open for more activities in Phase 1 — May 25
Golf: Currently allowed with restrictions
Parks: Currently open, but services/facilities will reopen in Phase 1 – May 25
Fishing, hunting and boating: Phase 1 — May 25
Outdoor adventure activities (including ski area summer activities, zip-lines, and mountain biking): Phase 1 — May 25
Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations: Phase 1 — May 25
Other outdoor recreation (such as miniature golf, go karts, batting cages): Phase 2
Outdoor performances: Some activities in Phase 2
Summer camps: Phase 2 — recreational day camps; Phase 3 — residential camps
Youth sports: Some activities in Phase 2
Other indoor recreation (such as indoor batting cages, indoor go karts): Phase 3
Sightseeing (such as bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching): Phase 3
Tours: Phase 3
Historical sites: TBD – not Phase 1
Cruise ships: N/A. (Operating under federal guidance, No Sail order currently in effect)