Phase II of Reopening Massachusetts began on June 6, 2020, allowing many businesses to resume operations under general and industry-specific social distancing and hygiene protocols.
Businesses do NOT need Board of Health approval for reopening. They must have a plan in place that complies with public health guidelines, and must produce that plan upon request.
The Board of Health is available as a resource to answer any questions about complying with the reopening guidelines at 413-625-0300, option 8.
Social distancing, including the use of a mask or facial covering, will be required for the foreseeable future. We still face enormous challenges from this novel virus, including transmission from people who have no symptoms. Remember:
Those at high risk are still safer at home and should only go out for essential activities.
When you go out, continue to keep about six feet between yourself and others.
The cloth face cover or mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
If you are in a confined space where someone may open a door, such as a hallway in an apartment building, wear a mask or facial covering until you are safely inside your home.
If you are outdoors, don a mask or facial covering when you are unable to maintain six feet of distance.
The CDC recommends avoiding mass gatherings and staying out of crowded places.
Get a COVID-19 test if you have been at a large gathering, even if the event was outdoors.
Free COVID-19 testing available now in Orange and soon in Greenfield. Register at http://www.chcfc.org/testing.html or by calling 413-325-8501. Consider this a gift to yourself, your family and the community in this fight against COVID-19 in Massachusetts.