Gov. Baker announces Massachusetts to begin Phase 2 on Monday

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BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced Saturday that Phase Two of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin on Monday, June 8.

The state will enter Phase Two of Four on Monday in reopening the state of Massachusetts economy.

According to data, since mid-April, the 7-day average for the positive COVID-19 test rate is down 82 percent.

A total of 630,000 COVID-19 tests have been completed as testing continues to increase across the state.

Each phase of reopening will last at least three weeks and advancing to the next phase will be based on health data metrics continuing a positive trend.

On Monday June, 8 the following businesses and business sectors will be eligible to reopen:

  • Retail, with occupancy limits
  • Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance
  • Restaurants, outdoor table service only
  • Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings
  • Warehouses and distribution centers
  • Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring
  • Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements
  • Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance
  • Outdoor recreation facilities
  • Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions
  • Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours
  • Funeral homes, with occupancy limits

During the second part of Phase Two in, the following businesses will be eligible to reopen at a later date still to be determined:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants
  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including:
    • Hair removal and replacement
    • Nail care
    • Skin care
    • Massage therapy
    • Makeup salons and makeup application services
    • Tanning salons
    • Tattoo, piercing and body art services
    • Personal training, with restrictions

For a full list of protocols and additional information, visit Reopening Massachusetts.

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