On Monday, May 18th the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan for a phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy. The Baker-Polito administration used a framework that considered both the public health risk and the economic benefit of reopening each of the closed sectors of the economy. Phase 1 started Monday, May 18th, based on current public health data and trends.
All businesses must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plans outlining how their workplaces will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. 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.
The Town of Amherst will act in accordance with the State’s phased reopening plan. The Town will do everything it can to help Amherst reopen safely while working to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19. Our goal, first and foremost, is to maintain the well-being of all our community members.
During the COVID-19 public health emergency to date, in order to ensure Massachusetts’ health care system had the capacity to address the pandemic, some health care services and procedures needed to be limited or put on hold temporarily, while many services were conducted remotely using telehealth. Emergency services and other essential health and human services continued during this time.
As of May 18th, the Commonwealth is issuing new guidelines to hospitals and health care providers in accordance with the state’s four-phase reopening plan, to allow some non-emergency procedures or deferred care that may now need attention. Hospitals and Community Health Centers may begin this reopening starting on May 18th, and all other providers may begin starting on May 25th.