Baker Releases New Phase-Four Plan to Reopen Economy
The Baker administration has released details about its four-phase approach to reopening the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as information about mandatory safety standards for workplaces.
The plans, outlined here and here, suggest how the economy will gradually transition back to what the Mass.gov website refers to as the “new normal.” Phase one will begin with limited industries, which will be under “severe restrictions.” As the phases continue, more and more industries will be allowed to open. The Mass.gov website notes that, “Public health metrics will determine when the first phase of reopening begins, as well as when it is safe to move into later phases. If public health metrics worsen, the state may need to return to an earlier phase.”
The new safety standards will apply universally to all businesses opening in Phase One, and include hygiene, social distancing and operations protocols. Sector specific standards are being developed by the Reopening Advisory Board and are forthcoming.