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Posted on: May 19, 2020

Reopening of Massachusetts: Phased Approach

Seal of the Governor of Massachusetts

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.

You can download the COVID-19 Control Plan here

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.

Key Information: 

  • All phased approach and reopening summary plans can be found at www.mass.gov/covid19
  • Detailed industry reopening plan can be found here
  • All sector-specific protocols and best practices can be found here
  • Safer-at-Home Advisory details can be found here
  • Local Business Resources from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at www.amherstarea.com

Sector-Specific Guidance, Information, Protocols and Best Practices

Places of Worship - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Outdoor Recreation - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Construction - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Manufacturing - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Office Spaces - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Laboratories - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Hair Salons and Barbershops - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Car Washes - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Pet Grooming - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Health and Human Services Reopening Plans and Guidance

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.

Reopening Massachusetts Website
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