COVID-19 RESPONSES AND PLANS FOR RE-OPENING THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS
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WHAT IS PHASED REOPENING?
- Phase One of the re-opening plan keeps in place the existing restrictions, advisories and guidance but
- Exceptions for certain activities that can resume safely.
- New "stay safer at home" advisory requests that individuals stay at home when they can.
- Individuals are required to wear facial coverings in most places when outside of the home.
- Gatherings are limited to no more than ten (10) persons except in unconfined outdoor spaces.
- Essential services have been allowed to operate prior to Phase One re-opening; current businesses must come into compliance with New Workplace Safety Standards by May 25, 2020. Additional Businesses will be premitted to resume operations over time (link to timetable here).
- All operating businesses must comply with Workplace Safety Standards, self certify that it has done so and post Self-Certifications for view by employees and the public (Division of Local Services, Pembroke Board of Health). See Requirements 1-3 listed below the picture and case links.
Re-opening Massachusetts: The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely re-open the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
Every one of the Four Phases of the Re-opening Plan is driven by case data. Please check the links below to State and Local COVID-19 Case Data Reporting.
Pembroke Specific Case Data Reporting - updated daily
REQUIREMENTS FOR PHASED RE-OPENING
REQ# 2: MANDATORY MASSACHUSETTS COMPLIANCE ATTESTATION: MUST BE POSTED IN EVERY BUSINESS
REQ#3: MANDATORY PEMBROKE ATTESTATION: MUST BE POSTED IN EVERY BUSINESS
As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) became a global Pandemic, Massachusetts and the Town of Pembroke responded to halt the spread. On March 10, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, giving the Administration more flexibility to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak. On Tuesday, March 17th, Governor Baker closed nonessential businesses and government operations. Also on March 17, 2020, the Town of Pembroke issued a Local Declaration of Emergency Related to Health Concerns Surrounding COVID-19. On March 24th, Governor Baker issued a Stay at Home Advisory. On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, he extended the closure of non-essential business and government operations and the Stay at Home Advisory to May 4, 2020 then extended both to May 18, 2020. On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 he extended the closure of schools to the end of the school year and early childhood education and day care centers to June 29, 2020. On Monday, April 27, 2020 the Pembroke Board of Health issued a Mandatory Facial Covering requirement indoors at any essential business or government operation. On May 6, 2020 Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places, indoor and outdoor, where social distancing is not possible. On Monday, May 18, 2020 Governor Baker released the report of the Re-opening Task Force defining a Four Phase Approach to re-opeining businesses in Massachusetts, the criteria required of each business for each phase, guidance documents to help businesses prepare with templates and a Mandatory Self-Certification Checklist for every business to complete and post in order to re-open in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The goal of this phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far. Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase. If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase. The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2).