May 18, 2020 – Today Governor Baker released the report of the Reopening Advisory Board. The full report will likely provide answers to most questions you may have, and the report can be found here.

In short, the plan calls for a four phase approach that will over time methodically allow certain businesses, activities and services to resume, with the goal being to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and the overwhelming of our healthcare system. It is expected that each phase will last a minimum of three weeks, and if public health trends are positive, the next phase will start.

For information about transit click here, for higher education here, and for K-12 education, click here.

If you are wondering when your business or industry can re-open, or when shops and services can re-open, you can find that information here.

Please note that in general, activity in each of the business, service, recreational, worship and other areas listed, and for all other activities, is still subject to safe practices, such as wearing masks and social distancing.

What follows is a graphic of of the plan that includes much of the detail relating to the social guidance, gathering sizes, travel, worship, businesses, health and human services, and recreational and outdoor activities.

Social Guidance, Gathering Size, Travel

Worship, Business

Health and Human Services, Recreation and Outdoor

Source: Reopening Massachusetts, 5/18/20

Please note that in general, activity in each of the business, service, recreational, worship and other areas listed, and for all other activities, is still subject to safe practices, such as wearing masks and social distancing.

The plan includes details about specific industries and businesses, including the following. To get more details regarding each, including the reopening phases and standards for each, just click on the highlighted business, industry, or service:

Campgrounds: Permitted to reopen 5/25/20

Car Washes: Permitted to reopen 5/18/20

Construction: Permitted to reopen 5/18/20

Hair Salons/Barbershops: Permitted to reopen 5/25/20

Manufacturing: Permitted to reopen 5/18/20

Office Spaces: Permitted to reopen 5/25/20

Parks, Open Space, and Outdoor Education Programs: Permitted to expand access beginning 5/25/20

Pet Grooming: Permitted to reopen 5/25/20

Recreational Boating: Permitted starting 5/18/20

Worship: Permitted to reopen 5/18/20