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Resource Reopening: Sector-specific protocols and best practices

Sector-specific mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices, including manufacturing, restaurants, retail businesses, and construction.

Organization: Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Date published: June 1, 2020
Last updated: March 19, 2021

About this guidance

Upon reopening, all Phase I, Phase II, Phase III and Phase IV (Step 1) businesses must follow the sector-specific safety protocols and best practices linked below. Effective Monday, March 22, 2021: Massachusetts will advance to Step 1 of Phase IV.

Encourage workers who test positive for COVID-19 to disclose to the workplace employer for purposes of cleaning / disinfecting and contact tracing. If the employer is notified of a positive case at the workplace, the employer shall notify the local health department in the city or town where the workplace is located and assist the local health department as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine. Testing of other workers may be recommended consistent with guidance and / or at the request of the local health department.

Archived previous safety standards, protocols and checklists are available here.

Large capacity venues can submit safety plans here.

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