Recreational marijuana dispensaries set to reopen May 25 in Mass.

SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced Monday what types of businesses can reopen in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.

Manufacturing, construction, and places of worship can now reopen.

Hair salons, pet groomers, car washes, and offices are allowed to reopen on May 25. Offices in Boston cannot open until June 1.

Retailers can also reopen, but only for curbside pickup.

“We’re looking forward to reopening,” said Edward Dow, the CEO of Solar Therapeutics, a recreational marijuana dispensary in Somerset.

Dow was hoping Phase 1 would have allowed retailers to offer limited in-store browsing, but will take curbside pickup over being closed.

“The silver lining is we have a lot of area for cars,” said Dow. “What we think we’re going to do is give someone a menu right when they get into the entrance up here, have them queue up in line, have another person direct you to a line around back, and come up front to fulfill your order.”

Other businesses are not as prepared to reopen.

“A lot of the retail shops didn’t know what they had to do to prepare to open up to talk to customers and have them come into the stores,” said Jack Lank, the President and CEO of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He said one of the biggest hurdles involved in reopening is getting the necessary PPE. He is now working to connect businesses with local manufacturers to obtain supplies.

“As far as the masks, gloves, and disinfectant, we have four local companies that have it in stock,” said Lank.

Drive-in movie theaters and zoos can also reopen on May 25.

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