Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Step Two of Second Phase of Four-phase Approach

The state announced that Step Two of Phase II of the Commonwealth’s four-phase reopening plan, Reopening Massachusetts, began on Monday, June 22, allowing additional industries to resume operations under sector-specific guidelines.

Businesses and sectors choosing to operate in Step Two of Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards.

On May 18, the Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on public health data, spending at least three weeks in each phase. Key public health data, such as new cases and hospitalizations, has been closely monitored and seen a significant decline allowing for Step Two of Phase II on June 22.

The following were eligible to reopen in Step Two of Phase II on Monday, June 22:

•Indoor table service at restaurants with safety restrictions;

•Close-contact personal services, with restrictions;

•Retail dressing rooms, by appointment only;

•Offices, at 50 percent capacity.

A full list and safety protocols available at www.mass.gov/reopening.

In order to give Step 2 businesses time to prepare, the Administration had previously released sector-specific guidance in advance of Phase II for industries including restaurants, close-contact personal services and sectors not otherwise addressed.

Before these sectors can resume operations under the guidelines, businesses must meet all safety standards, create a COVID-19 control plan, and complete a self-certification.

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