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Governor Baker announces phase 2 economy reopening to begin in Massachusetts on June 8th

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Governor Baker announced today that phase 2 of the reopening of the Massachusetts economy will take place on June 8th.

Governor Charlie Baker live update

Governor Charlie Baker is withSecretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy to provide an update on Coronavirus.

Posted by Fall River Reporter on Saturday, June 6, 2020

Governor Baker had signed an executive order early last week stating which businesses will open up for phase 2, 3, and 4.

With phase 2 announced, phase 3 could come as early as three weeks from Monday.

Governor Baker had previously announced the restrictions and guidelines that restaurants would have to open under early in phase 2

Early last week, the Baker-Polito-Administration released guidelines for phased reopening of child care, camps, and summer recreational programs

Here is what you can expect to be opening under each remaining phase.

Retail stores, including stores in malls
Phase 2 – browsing inside the store with restrictions
List of standards for retail businesses owners and customers

Casinos
Hotel & Restaurants – Phase 2
Gaming floors – Phase 3
Theaters / arenas – Phase 3/4

Horse racing simulcast facilities (no spectators)
Phase 3

Driving schools
Phase 2 – behind-the-wheel training or observation of another student driver

Hotels, motels, inns, and other short-term lodgings
Phase 2 – reopen to serve other guests with restrictions

Personal services that don’t involve close personal contact (such as photography, window washers, career coaching)
Phase 2

Close contact personal services (such as massage therapy, nail salons, tattoo parlors, electrolysis studios)
Phase 2 – not at the outset of Phase 2

Personal trainers
Phase 2 – as a close contact personal service, not at the outset of Phase 2

Restaurants
Phase 2 – outdoor seating permitted at outset of Phase 2, indoor seating will be permitted later in Phase 2

Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks
Phase 4

Fitness centers and health clubs
Phase 3
Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at health clubs, gyms, and other facilities
Phase 4

Movie theatres
Phase 3 – moderate capacity
Phase 4 – large capacity

Museums
Phase 3

Aquariums
Phase 3

Large capacity venues used for group or spectator events (such as theaters and concert halls, ballrooms, stadiums and arenas, dance floors, exhibition and convention halls, private party rooms)
Phase 4

Flight schools
Phase 2

Beer gardens / breweries / wineries / distilleries
Phase 2: if providing seated food service under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities
Phase 4: if not providing seated food service under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities

Non-athletic instructional classes in arts / education / life skills
Phase 2 – youths under 18 years of age, in groups of fewer than 10
Phase 3 – people of all ages

Funeral homes
Phase 2

Warehouses and distribution centers
Phase 2

Weddings/events/large gatherings in parks, reservations, and open spaces
Phase 3 – with moderate capacity

Golf facilities including outdoor driving ranges
Phase 2

Outdoor theatres and performance venues
Phase 3 – moderate capacity venues

Camps including sports and arts camps
Phase 2 – recreational day camps
Phase 3 – overnight camps

Limited organized youth and adult amateur sports programs and activities
Phase 2 – outdoor only for adults, indoor for supervised youth programs and activities
Phase 3 – indoor and outdoor for all ages

Professional sports practice and training programs
Phase 2

Other outdoor recreational facilities (pools, playgrounds, spray decks, mini golf, go karts, batting cages, climbing walls)
Phase 2

Indoor recreational and athletic facilities for general use (not limited to youth programs)
Phase 3

Other indoor recreation (such as batting cages, driving ranges, go karts, bowling alleys, arcades, laser tag, roller skating rinks, trampolines, rock-climbing)
Phase 3

Sightseeing and other organized tours (bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching)
Phase 3

Outdoor historical spaces / sites
Phase 2

Indoor historic spaces / sites
Phase 3

Fishing and hunting tournaments and other amateur or professional derbies
Phase 3

Street Festivals, Parades and Agricultural Festivals
Phase 4

Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events
Phase 4

The businesses would have to all follow safety guidance issued by the Baker-Polito Administration and the Reopening Board.

Health care providers may also incrementally resume in-person elective, non-urgent procedures and services, including routine office visits, dental visits and vision care subject to compliance with public health and safety standards. All other in-person medical, behavioral health, dental and vision services may also resume on June 8th, except for elective cosmetic procedures and in-person day programs, which will be included in Phase III. Telehealth must continue to be utilized and prioritized to the greatest extent possible, whenever feasible and appropriate.

Limited reopening of visitation will also begin, and all visitation is subject to infection control protocol, social distancing and face coverings. Given the diversity of facilities and programs, there are specific timetables for visitation, and congregate care programs will be reaching out to families with specific details on scheduling visits.

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