To:                  All Massachusetts Chiefs of Police

                        The Police Commissioner of the City of Boston

From:              Heather E. Rowe, Director

                        Department of Labor Standards

Date:               October 17, 2014

Re:                  Permits for Holiday Openings

                        Thanksgiving  Day– November 27, 2014
                        Christmas Day – December 25, 2014



The Department of Labor Standards must approve all local permits to allow retail stores and businesses to perform work and to be open on certain holidays, including Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014, and Christmas Day, December 25, 2014. Permits must be approved by the Department of Labor Standards on a uniform basis statewide. See Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 136, §15.

Please be advised that the Department of Labor Standards will not issue statewide approval for permits for businesses to open on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, 2014.

For further information please view our Blue Laws Overview on our website at or contact the Department of Labor Standards at (617) 626-6952.