Guidelines for businesses reopening in the State of Massachusetts

In a press conference on Monday, May 18th, Governor Baker outlined the plan to reopen the State of Massachusetts. The plan consists of a four-phased approach that allows certain businesses to open at the beginning of each phase with restrictions. 


Phase 2 began on June 8th, 2020. Businesses that are allowed to open will be required to fill out a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. Businesses can fill out this template below:

This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak. 

Below is the list of which industries are are a part of each phase
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Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers.

Employers will need to print out and distribute safety posters in their places of business. Print out this poster here.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center developed new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board. These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers during the first phase of reopening, and are applicable to all sectors and industries.

The Administration is releasing these Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards early, in advance of the start of Phase 1, to give workplaces time to plan and prepare for reopening.

These safety standards will be supplemented by sector-specific safety protocols and recommended best practices, which will provide further details and limited exceptions.

Social Distancing

  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces

  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing

  • Provide signage for safe social distancing

  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

Hygiene Protocols

  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace

  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so

  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Staffing and Operations

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols

  • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work

  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from Covid-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business

  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed

  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace

Sector Specific Safety Protocols

  • ​​​​​​The Reopening Advisory Board is developing Sector Specific Safety Standards and Best Practices that will detail how particular industries should operate upon reopening, as well as provide for limited exceptions to the mandatory standards. These sector specific standards are forthcoming.