COVID-19 and The Reopening of Massachusetts

COVID-19 and The Reopening of Massachusetts

Massachusetts has been one of the hardest hit states in the U.S. with over 86,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,700 deaths through May 17, 2020.

This is new to all of us. We have all had to change our behaviors to keep safe. It’s not permanent. At some point we will have a vaccine. Until then, Governor Baker advises that it is still Safer at Home. Those people over 65 and those with health conditions, should continue to stay home unless absolutely necessary. The virus will be with us throughout reopening, so we need to remain vigilant.

According to Governor Baker, collectively we have helped flatten the curve, but we have to stay vigilant so that we do not have a second spike.

There are four things we can do as individuals to help:

  1. Cover your nose and mouth when you cannot distance yourself. This is REQUIRED.
  2. Wash your hands constantly.
  3. Socially distance – 6 feet apart.
  4. Be vigilant of symptoms and if you feel sick, stay home.

The reopening of Massachusetts will take place in 4 phases: Start, Cautious, Vigilant, New Normal.

Beginning today, May 18, 2020, manufacturing and construction businesses may resume operations with mandatory safety guidelines in place. In addition, the Commonwealth has issued new guidelines to hospitals and health care providers to allow some non-emergency procedures or deferred care that may now need attention. Hospitals and Community Health Centers may begin this reopening on May 18 and all other providers may begin reopening on May 25, 2020.

On May 25, 2020, lab space, offices (work from home strongly encouraged, workforce should be limited to 25%), limited personal services such as hair salons (by appointment only) and pet grooming (curbside pick-up and drop off), retail with remote fulfillment and curbside pick up only may resume operation, again with safety standards in place.

Also on May 25, beaches, parks, some athletic fields and courts, outdoor adventure activities, most hunting, fishing and boating activities, and outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations may reopen, with safety standards in place.

For more information on the reopening of Massachusetts: