Phased Reopening per Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Four Phase Approach

The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. 

Phase One Opening 

What Businesses can expect related to re-opening starting May 18, 2020 

Reopening Plan

All businesses in the state of MA must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak. All individually listed businesses must complete a control plan, even if the business is part of a larger corporation or entity.

Guidance from the Commonwealth to Reopen

The following detailed commentary is related to the Executive Order signed by Governor Baker on May 18, 2020. This document is intended to provide additional information on businesses and activities summarized in the Reopening Massachusetts report. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that can open in each phase; it may be updated from time to time.

Mandatory Safety Standards

Businesses and other organizations shall limit occupancy within their office space to no more than 25 percent of (a) the maximum occupancy level specified in any certificate of occupancy or similar permit or as provided for under the state building code; or (b) the business or organization’s typical occupancy as of March 1, 2020. •

Any business or other organization that has been operating as a “COVID-19 Essential Service” as of May 18, 2020 shall have until July 1, 2020 to comply with these occupancy limitations.

Businesses and other organizations may exceed this maximum occupancy level based on a demonstrated need for relief based on public health or public safety considerations or where strict compliance may interfere with the continued delivery of critical services

Office Space Safety


Office Check List to Maintain Safety

The items to check regularly will be Social Distancing, Hygiene Protocols, Staffing and Operations and Cleaning and Disinfecting. 

Compliance with Reopening

In order to reopen your business, please complete and sign the following checklist once you have completed your COVID-19 Control Plan template.