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Here’s How Massachusetts Will Reopen Under Governor Charlie Baker’s Plan

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.

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.

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

Here is a breakdown of the four phases released Monday. Phase one has two dates – May 18 and 25. There are no dates yet for the other phases, which will be dependent on coronavirus testing and data on cases.

PHASE 1

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

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)

• 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

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

• Youth sports in limited fashion

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

Phase 3 (No date yet)

• Gyms, bars, casinos and museums

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

• 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

CBS Boston

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