Reopening Massachusetts: Manufacturing, construction and houses of worship can reopen amid coronavirus pandemic

Office spaces and hair salons can open next week

BOSTON, MA: May 15, 2020: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a press conference at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Some sectors of the Massachusetts economy can start to reopen today after manufacturing and construction businesses deemed non-essential were cleared resume operations with restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said on Monday.

Houses of worship can also reopen today with 40% maximum capacity. The state’s guidelines also encourages outdoor services.

The Phase 1 reopening of the Bay State will continue on May 25 with restrictions eased on office spaces, lab spaces, hair salons, barbershops, car washes, pet grooming, and curbside pick-up for retail stores.

Office spaces will have a 25% maximum capacity during Phase 1, and work from home will be strongly encouraged. Hair salons and barbershops will be appointment-only. Pet grooming will be appointment-only, with curbside pet drop-off and pick-up.

Also on May 25, recreation facilities can open up with guidelines, including beaches, parks, drive-in theaters, some athletic fields and courts, most fishing, hunting and boating, and outdoor gardens, zoos and reserves.

On June 1, offices in Boston will be open with 25% maximum capacity.

Phase 1 will last for a minimum of three weeks, and could last longer before moving on to Phase 2. It all depends on public health data trends, state officials said.

Phase 2 will include reopening restaurants, retail and lodging. Additional personal services, including nail salons and day spas, will be part of Phase 2.

Less urgent medical procedures, including elective surgeries and routine dental cleanings, will be in Phase 2.

Phase 2 will also include opening campgrounds, playgrounds and spray decks, public and community pools, all athletic fields and courts with guidelines, and youth sports in limited fashion.

Phase 3 will include reopening bars, casinos, gyms and museums. All other business activities will resume in Phase 3, except for nightclubs and large venues.

Phase 3 will include youth sports with games and tournaments, with limited crowd sizes.

Phase 4 will be the “new normal” with the full resumption of activity, including large venues and nightclubs.

Watch live as Baker discusses his reopening plan.