Reopening Massachusetts: COVID-19 Control Plan, Workplace Safety Standards, Guidelines


Before reopening ALL businesses must follow these guidelines:

What supplies do I need to reopen my business or return to work?
As an employer, you must:

  • Require masks and coverings for all employees
  • Provide handwashing supplies and capabilities
  • Sanitize high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site
  • Additional mandatory workplace safety standards can be found here
  • As an employee, you must wear a face covering or mask at your workplace
  • Southern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee announced starting this week any private, non-profit or non-governmental organizations that are requesting PPE supplies should follow this new process: Send an email to
    • In the email include:
      • Agency Information
      • Contact Person
      • Staff Size
      • Specific items, including sizes and quantities
      • Burn rate of the items (requests should be limited to enough for 7 days)
      • Address they want it shipped
WEBINAR:  Reopening your Restaurant:  Thrive Not Just Survive!
Receive industry-specific guidance for reopening your business and hear examples from business owners on how they are adapting to COVID-19 and plans to reopen their businesses.
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar – Zoom
Cost: Free
Register HereRestaurants will be permitted to provide outdoor dining service, with restrictions, upon the start of Phase II; providing continued positive progression of public health data, indoor dining may be authorized by a subsequent order during Phase II. In order to provide improved opportunities for outdoor table service, the order also provides flexibility to a local licensing authority to grant approval for a change for any type of license that permits the sale of alcoholic beverages for on- premises consumption. In both outdoor and indoor dining cases, restaurants will be required to comply with sector-specific COVID-19 workplace safety rules for restaurants.

(PREVIEW) Restaurants
Additional resources below, include easy print versions of sector specific circular and check lists

The retail preview site can be found at:  Safety Standards and Checklist: Retail Businesses

Additional highlights include:

  • Limited store occupancy
    • Retailers must limit occupancy to the greater of the two: 8 persons per 1000 sq. feet of accessible indoor space, or 40% of the max permitted occupancy (includes customers and employees)
    • Shopping mall operators must limit occupancy to 40% at all general entrances; food courts, play areas, seating areas and arcades are to be closed
  • Fitting rooms must remain closed
  • Other standard requirements include face coverings, frequent cleanings, employee protocols, and more
WEBINAR:  Reopening Your Hospitality Business:  Thrive Not Just Survive!
Receive industry-specific guidance for reopening your business and hear examples from business owners on how they are adapting to COVID-19 and plans to reopen their businesses.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Webinar – Zoom
Cost: Free
Register Here

(PREVIEW) Operators of Lodgings
Additional resources below, include easy print versions of sector specific circular and check lists.
Child Care & Summer Recreation Programs

Guidelines for Phased Reopening Issued for Child Care and Summer Camps

Child care programs licensed by EEC will be required to submit plans to the department to be approved once Phase II reopening begins. The Department will provide templates for submission as the process is launched and will utilize an attestation approval process. In order to mitigate the impact of business interruptions caused by fluctuations in family demand and changes in group sizes outlined in the health and safety guidelines, EEC will provide grants to programs that currently receive CCDBG subsidies through the first two months of reopening. More details on the reopening process and child care provider grant program will be released shortly.

Preparedness Planning: Prior to reopening, all programs must develop plans for daily health screenings and ways to identify children and staff who are sick, symptomatic, or who become exposed to coronavirus. Programs must also have a plan in place to handle possible closings, staff absences, and gaps in child attendance, as well as determine how to communicate with staff, parents, local boards of health and others.

  • Programs must screen all staff and children with a temperature check, before they are permitted to enter the child care space. Programs must establish one entry point to ensure no one is allowed in the building until they pass a health screening.

Group sizes and staffing: Group sizes must be restricted to a maximum of 10 children, with a total of 12 individuals including children and staff in each room. The infant-to-staff ratio is smaller, with 7 infants to 2 staff members and a maximum of group size of 9.

  • Children must remain with the same group each day and at all times while in care. Siblings should be kept in the same group, when suitable.
  • Groups must not be combined at any time.
  • The same staff must remain with the same group of children each day. Staff should not float between groups either during the day or from day-to-day, with some limited exceptions. Group transportation should only be provided during the phased reopening when there is no other option to transport children to and from the program. Programs intending to provide transportation services should follow detailed guidance.

For summer day camps: Campers and counselors will need daily health screenings, including temperature and other checks for signs and symptoms of illness. Camps will need plans in place for when a staff member or child becomes sick.

  • Camp spaces will need to be prepared to ensure physical distancing.
  • Camps will need to have at least two health services staff on site at all times.
  • Other protocols require campers and counselors to stay together in their groups and staff will not be able to move between groups either during the day or from day-to-day, unless needed to provide supervision of specialized activities such as swimming.
  • Snacks and meals should be brought from home, pre-packaged, or ready-to-serve in individual portions to minimize handling and preparation. When this is not feasible, staff must prepare and serve meals. No family-style food service.
  • Camps may not take campers on field trips or for other offsite travel.
Nursing Homes

Guidance for nursing homes, rest homes and assisted living facilities detailing how to safely allow scheduled visits with residents to occur. These measures include:

  • A resident who is suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 cannot be visited. A resident who has recovered from COVID-19 may be visited.
  • Visitors must be screened for fever or respiratory symptoms. Any individuals with symptoms of COVID- 19 infection will not be permitted to visit with a resident.
  • A long-term care facility staff member trained in patient safety and infection control measures must always remain with the resident during the visit.
  • Visits must be limited to no more than two individuals. A visitor must always remain at least 6 feet from the resident and attending staff member(s) during the visit.
  • Staff and residents must wear a surgical face mask and visitors must wear a face covering or mask for the duration of the visit.

THANK YOU Williamstown Chamber of Commerce for compiling this info and links!!