Step 1 of Phase 2 going into effect June 8th 2020

First Step of Phase 2 commencing on Monday June 8:

Governor Baker has announced that Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan will begin, in part, on Monday June 8th. However, Phase 2 will be broken into two Steps, with only Step One to commence on June 8th. The full text of the Governor's Phase 2 Executive Order can be found online here.

The following business entities are included in Step One of Phase 2, and may reopen with contingencies:

  • Retail, with occupancy limits
  • Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance
  • Restaurants (outdoor table service only)
  • Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings
  • Warehouses and distribution centers
  • Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring
  • Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements
  • Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance
  • Outdoor recreation facilities
  • Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions
  • Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours
  • Funeral homes, with occupancy limits

The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step Two of Phase 2 at a later date to be determined:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants
  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including: hair removal and replacement; nail care; skin care; massage therapy; makeup salons and makeup application services; tanning salons; tattoo, piercing and body art services; and personal training, with restrictions

Two additional sets of Sector Specific Guidance have been released as well (click the hyperlink associated with each to access the guidance):

Health care providers may also incrementally resume in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits and vision care subject to compliance with public health and safety standards. Click here to access detailed reopening information for health care providers. All other in-person medical, behavioral health, dental and vision services may also resume on June 8th, except for elective cosmetic procedures and in-person day programs, which will be included in Phase III. Telehealth must continue to be utilized and prioritized to the greatest extent possible, whenever feasible and appropriate. Limited reopening of visitation will also begin, and all visitation is subject to infection control protocol, social distancing and face coverings.


June 1st Guidance Information on Phase 2 Reopening

On June 1st 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration released sector-specific reopening guidance for retail establishments, which will be permitted to reopen to the public as part of Phase 2. The guidance for retail establishments, restaurants, as well as lodging guidance can be found below.

• The Governor has clarified through an Executive Order which business entities are included for reopening in Phase 2; click here to access the updated, clarified listing of which types of business entities are included in each Phase.

• Effective Monday June 1, business owners and operators whose enterprises are included in Phase 2 may re-enter their facilities to begin preparing them for reopening, provided that proper social distancing is observed and that the business is not opened to the public.