WOBURN (CBS) – It was a slow return for office employees in Massachusetts Tuesday. Governor Charlie Baker gave the go-ahead for non-essential companies to bring back 25% of their workforce after Memorial Day.
At Cummings Properties TradeCenter 128 in Woburn, the building’s management altered the ventilation system, “to really maximize the amount of fresh air that you can bring into the building while still allowing the building to maintain its efficiency,” explained Derek Russell of Cummings Property Management.READ MORE: Keller @ Large: Some Republicans Ramp Up Appeals To Get Vaccinated, But Not So Much In Massachusetts
The company has increased cleanings in and around bathrooms, and removed furniture from common areas. There are new signs reminding employees to keep their distance. “Many folks are looking forward to coming back into the office and miss the face-to face interaction,” said Russell. “There is such thing as Zoom fatigue.”
Also reopened as of Tuesday, Citron Hygiene in Billerica. “Some of the things that we’ve been doing there is staggered start times, making sure hand sanitizer stations are throughout,” said Sales and Marketing VP Alison Mahoney. “And then proper disposal for those masks and gloves that we expect people to wear when they come back into the office,” she said.READ MORE: CDC Recommends Face Masks Indoors For Fully Vaccinated Americans Again In 'Substantial Or High' COVID Transmission Areas
But many companies are holding back. Eastern Bank branches have been open for essential work, but its corporate offices won’t reopen until Labor Day.MORE NEWS: I-Team's Call For Action Helps Disabled Woman Get Handicapped Parking Spot Back
“Over 80 percent of our employees told us that they prefer to work remotely,” said CEO Robert Rivers. “In the interest of the safety of our employees we thought that would be the safe thing to do. We’re obviously still in the middle of a pandemic, day cares haven’t reopened, summer camps aren’t in session. It just seems easier.”