BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Charlie Baker is allowing some businesses in Massachusetts to reopen under a new plan revealed Monday that includes hair salons, barbershops, construction, manufacturing and places of worship.

Read: Reopening Massachusetts Plan

The stay at home advisory now becomes a safer at home advisory. Masks are still required when you can’t maintain social distancing and visits to family and friends are again discouraged. Trips to nursing homes and pickup sports are still off limits. There was no announcement on any plans yet for the 2020-21 school year.

The governor said the state’s reopening after a two-month shutdown will occur in four phases: “start, cautious, vigilant” and “new normal.”

Phase one has two dates – May 18 and 25. There are no dates yet for the other phases, but Baker said each phase will last at least three weeks, but could last longer, based on public health data on coronavirus cases.

“If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase,” the reopening plan stated.

“This effort will hinge, fundamentally, on personal responsibility,” Baker said at a news conference Monday.

Here’s a breakdown of each phase:


May 18

• Places of worship with guidelines and outdoor services are encouraged

• Essential businesses, manufacturing and construction

• Hospitals and community health centers can start with high priority preventative care and treatment for high-risk patients

• Public transit riders on the MBTA will be required to wear masks

May 25 with restrictions

• Personal services – hair salons, barbershops, pet grooming (curbside drop off/pick up) – all by appointment only

• Car washes – exterior washing only

• Laboratories and life sciences facilities

• Offices (not in Boston) but must be less than 25% maximum occupancy; work from home strongly encouraged

• Retail for remote services and curbside pick up

• Beaches, parks, drive-in theaters, athletic fields and courts, outdoor adventure activities, most fishing, hunting and boating, along with outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations – all with guidelines

• Day Care: Childcare operating at reduced capacity and on an emergency basis for children of workers with no safe alternative to group care

“During Phase One, the emergency childcare system we’ve already in place will be utilized to meet the needs of people with no alternative for care. We’re also encouraging families to continue to find any alternatives to group care, to help stem the spread of the virus.” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said at Monday’s news conference.

June 1

• Offices in Boston

The state will issue a checklist for each industry. Businesses will have to check off everything and keep a written copy of its COVID-19 plan. The state will not inspect businesses before reopening, but if there is a problem, or if asked, businesses must be able to provide this paperwork.

Each sector will have to meet specific safety standards to stay open.

For construction and manufacturing, that means face coverings for all workers, unless it poses a safety hazard and hand washing stations have to be setup at all sites.

For places of worship, the guidelines state they have to limit the number of people to 40% capacity, masks need to be worn by anyone over the age of 5 unless there’s a medical issue, everyone who doesn’t live in the same home has to be seated at least 6 feet apart, and attendees should reserve a spot online to keep capacity.

PHASE 2 (No date yet – no earlier than June 8)

• With restrictions and capacity limitations – retail businesses, restaurants, hotels, nail salons and day spas

• Less urgent preventative health services, procedures and care, like dental cleanings and elective procedures

• Day programs like adult day health and day habilitation

• MBTA increases services, the Blue line goes to full service and ferries resume limited service

• Youth sports in limited fashion

• Campgrounds, playgrounds, spray decks, public and community pools all with guidelines

• On a phased basis, recreational day camps with restrictions

“We are aware that summer camps serve an important purpose, not only for our children, for our families. BPH is partnering with local boards of health to develop health guidelines to be implemented in over 1,400 camps across our state to enable a safe reopening of those activities,” Polito said.

Phase 3 (No date yet – no earlier than June 29)

• Gyms, bars, casinos and museums

• Youth sports with games and tournaments (limited crowd sizes)

• On a phased basis, residential camps with restrictions

• MBTA’s buses and Red, Orange and Green lines and ferries go to full service where staffing allows. Commuter rail moves to modified full schedule

Phase 4 (No date yet – full resumption of normal activity)

• Large venues and nightclubs

Professional sports are “running through a different channel,” according to the governor.

“This guidance asks people to change behaviors, and it changes the way some of our favorite places look and feel,” Baker said Monday. “This is not permanent. At some point there will be treatments, and ultimately a vaccine. But for the foreseeable future everyone needs to continue to do the right things to bring the fight to the virus, so that we can continue to move forward.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement he agreed with the governor’s plan and urged people to continue taking precautions to prevent spread of coronavirus.

“The framework released today can serve as a guide for a cautious, phased-in approach to reopening the economy, driven by clear public health criteria and safety guidelines that will keep our residents and workers healthy, and the Commonwealth moving in the right direction,” Walsh said in a statement.

Comments (35)
  1. Where do driving schools fit into this plan. There’s no social distancing in a car with 2 or more students in the car

    1. Alyssa says:

      It was included in the plan. Behind the wheel instruction falls into Phase 2.

      1. Julie O'Mara says:

        Where did you see that?

  2. Danielle says:

    What about daycare facilities for young children?

  3. Carol Brown says:

    When are senior centers going to be open? Many seniors are healthy and should not be considered in the same category as nursing home people. Exercising with zoom from senior centers causes more injuries because it is easy to over do.
    Socialization is the most important factor in longevity..

  4. Debbi says:

    Day care is supposed to open on 6/29

  5. DMG says:

    I cant stop watching the sign language guy “Is like reading the subtitles when you don’t need to”

    1. Carol Jones says:

      omg, that is all I watch, that guy that stands next to governor baker is the best!

    2. Eileen Mann says:

      I’m fixated on the sign language guy too!

  6. Kerri S says:

    When can assisted livings be opened? Them not have their schedules is so horrible for them. Especially those with memory issues

  7. Karen L. Kenney says:

    the manufacturing in mass portal for PPE does not work. Am I missing something
    please send ti to me

  8. danceham17 says:

    What about small local single studio dance schools with classes of no more than 10 in the room at one time where there is space to social distance students. The information in this phase in program is general and too non specific.

  9. John Preusser says:

    What about golf courses and the use of golf carts and caddies?

  10. Shanka Schmidt says:

    When will restaurants be able to have sit-down service?

  11. anne walus says:

    short term rentals? June 8?

  12. Gary H. Gustafson says:

    China has unleashed a virus on the world that is causing death and economic chaos worldwide… escaped by accident from a either of 2 labs near the live markets…Maybe.. but why did the Chinese government not allow travel from within Wuhan to the rest of China… BUT… allowed international travel which then spread the virus to to the world… we here in MA caught the brunt of it with the Biogen conference outbreak in Boston…It is not a big stretch to make the case that this was not an accident but intentional…. life in China is cheap… Mao allowed 40 million of his people to die of starvation… and murdered those that protested… Trump has been talking in no uncertain terms about his absolute powers in a national emergency… and this is becoming a big national emergency. I believe he is going to retaliate against China and use his power to not repay national debt… seize any Chinese interests / holdings in America… and I believe he will do it and voters in the fall election will back him because they are angry about what China has done to us…

  13. Ann Marie Turo says:

    What about Pilates studios in Boston with 1:1 training? Would that be considered June 1,202

    1. Alyssa says:

      Fitness studios fall into Phase 3

  14. Sue says:

    what about restaurants ? How will these work? Craft beer gardens?

  15. Gene Kemp . says:

    when will my dentist open ???

    1. deb says:

      looks like dentists open phase one if it is more emergent and then possibly on June 8 for preventative procedures like cleanings.

  16. atticus "The Deplorable" says:

    Yes, Fearless Leader

  17. Paul S Bokoski says:

    When will golf carts be allowed as there are seniors that play golf but are not able to walk the 18 holes, never mind carrying their golf bag due to surgeries.

    1. Cj says:

      you can get a golf cart all you need is to get a doctors note

  18. Joanne Buchanan says:

    When will banks open?

  19. Johanna Moquin says:

    thank you committee.

  20. Karen Mitchell says:

    Unclear on a couple things…when will the family courts open? the registry? Driving schools?

  21. Teresa R says:

    Are we enforcing masks now even on people with medical conditions that cannot wear them? I am not seeing it reported that if you have a medical condition and cannot wear a mask that this is ok. Looks like a lawsuit for me to sue the state for violating my ADA rights.

  22. Unknown says:

    what about my wedding July with 150 guests

  23. molly Mead says:

    What about quarantine for 14 days if you travel to part time home on Cape Cod?

  24. Unknown says:

    Where does an in home furniture repair tech fit in? They will be visiting up to 10 homes each day.

  25. Lorna says:

    Does anyone know how Dumps fit into the plan? Under what phase would they fit?

  26. no says:

    There’s no such thing as “the new normal” it’s the new ABnormal.

  27. Robert Polignone says:

    we need nail salons and pedicures desperatly

  28. jim says:

    What happened to of the people by the people for the people? I have never voted Democrat for the past 30 years but guess what. Charle has to go

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