June 6, 2020
Governor Baker announced today that the state will begin step 1 of phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 8th (see below).
Businesses and organization that are allowed to reopen will adhere to mandatory safety standards. More information on phase 2 is available at: www.mass.gov/reopening
‘What Do I Need to Do to Reopen My Easton Business?’ Town of Easton Shares New State Guidelines to Reopening Businesses
EASTON — The Town of Easton shared the newest state guidelines for local business owners who will be planning to reopen their businesses.
On Monday, May 18, Gov. Baker announced the first stage of the state’s reopening plan. The plan allows some industries to reopen immediately and others on Monday, May 25. All industries allowed to reopen will need to adhere to detailed restrictions.
“It is critical that businesses who are eligible to reopen and plan to reopen in the first phase abide by the standards put in place by the state,” Town Administrator Connor Read said. “These standards, and the standards put forth for businesses in each subsequent phase, will help to ensure that our community can continue to reopen sensibly and safely.”
Business owners and sector leaders who plan on reopening under Gov. Baker’s new order are required to adhere to a new set of standards that will apply universally to all workplaces and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers.
All set standards should be supplemented by sector-specific safety protocols and recommended best practices. Sector-specific standards can be found here, along with universal standards.
Mandatory Safety Standards for the Workplace
Those who wish to reopen their business under Phase 1 must abide by the following safety standard protocols set forth by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center for workplaces.
- Everyone inside a workplace establishment, including employees, customers and vendors, must remain six feet apart. Businesses should provide work place protocols and signage for safe social distancing and wear face coverings.
- All employees should follow basic hygiene recommendations. Frequent hand washing should be practiced and the workplace should conduct regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, etc.
- All employees should be trained in social distancing and hygiene protocols. Anyone found to be sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19 SHOULD NOT report to work and plans should be set into place for if illnesses occur.
- Lastly, business shall establish and maintain a cleaning and disinfecting protocol specific to their industry. Cleaning and disinfecting must be performed after a worker is diagnosed with COVID-19.
Before a business reopens business owners must develop a written control plan outlining how the workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. While the control plans do not need to be submitted to state officials for approval, they must be kept on the premise and made available during an inspection or outbreak. The control plan template may be found online here.
In addition to the COVID-19 Control Plan template, businesses must complete and sign the following checklist, and display the checklist in an area within the business premises that is visible to employees and visitors.
The Easton Board of Health has enacted a regulation which requires that a copy of these documents be filed with the board as well as kept on the premises.
- Construction – Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
- Manufacturing – Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020
- Office Space – Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020 (Boston: June 1, 2020)
- Laboratories – Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
- Hair salons and barbershops – Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
- Car washes – Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020
- Pet grooming – Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020