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COVID-19 Workplace Safety Measures For Reopening

COVID-19 workplace safety rules

Per Gov. Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 33 and M.G.L. c. 149, §6 and 6½, the Director of DLS issues a directive implementing the following generally applicable COVID-19 workplace safety rules for all workplaces subject to the Order:

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Communities Not Designated Lower-Risk: For a list of communities not allowed to advance to Step 2 of Phase III click here.

General Requirements: Businesses and other organizations in the Commonwealth that are permitted to operate brick-and-mortar premises must immediately adopt and maintain the following generally applicable COVID-19 workplace safety rules. 

Social Distancing

  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces
  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing
  • Provide signage for safe social distancing
  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

Hygiene Protocols

  • Provide hand-washing capabilities throughout the workplace
  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so
  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Staffing and Operations

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • Employees who are displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to work
  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan
  • Employers should take measures to ensure employees comply with all State-issued rules concerning out of state Travel for any employer-paid or -reimbursed travel

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business
  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed
  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 33 and M.G.L. c. 149, sections 6 and 6 ½, the Director of the Department of Labor Standards, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, hereby issues the following COVID-19 workplace safety rules for certain specific workplace sectors:

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