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May 18, 2020

Reopening Massachusetts

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Four-phase reopening plan set fourth by the Baker-Polito Administration.

On May 18, the Baker-Polito Administration released 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.

​​​​​The Massachusetts economy will be reopened using a four-phase approach, based on public health guidance. The first phase of reopening will start on May 18, 2020 with essential businesses, places of worship, construction, and manufacturing.

The goal of this phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.

  • Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase.
  • If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase.
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2).
  • If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase.

Safety Standards for Construction

The MA Safety Standards for Construction details mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for the construction sector.

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