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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

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Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.  The plan is coupled with a new “Safer at Home” advisory, replacing the current “Stay at Home” advisory, to allow people to use the reopened businesses and services with stringent safety protocols in place.  Phase 1 is set to begin on May 18 allowing manufacturing, construction, places of worship, and high-priority health procedures at hospitals and community health centers to resume.  Phase 1 will expand on May 25, opening laboratory and life science facilities, offices other than those located in Boston, hair salons and barbershops, pet grooming, recreation and outdoor activities, other health care providers for high priority procedures, and remote fulfilment and curbside pickup for retail stores. On June 1, office space in Boston will reopen. Phase 2 will include retail, restaurants, lodging, and personal services such as nail salons and day spas.  Phase 3 will include bars, casinos, gyms, museums, and other business activities excluding nightclubs and large venues.  Phase 4, dubbed the “New Normal” will resume all business activities with safety protocols in place. Each phase will last at least three weeks, potentially longer based on COVID-19 data on transmission of the virus, there could be a regression in phases if transmission rates increase.

 

To access the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, please click here.

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Steven A. Baddour

ML Strategies - Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Special Counsel

Steven A. Baddour is Senior Vice President of Government Relations at ML Strategies and part of Mintz's Litigation Practice. Steve advises clients on a wide range of state and federal issues and represents public and private sector clients in complex civil litigation matters.

Daniel J. Connelly

ML Strategies - Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer

Daniel J. Connelly is Vice President of Government Relations for ML Strategies. He represents the interests of trade associations and businesses before executive, legislative, regulatory, and municipal government entities throughout New England.

Kaitlyn C. Sprague

Director of Government Relations

Kaitlyn C. Sprague is a Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies. She has 11 years of experience in legislative affairs and Massachusetts state government.

Caitlin R. Beresin

ML Strategies - Vice President Legislative Affairs

Caitlin R. Beresin is a Senior Manager of State Government Relations at ML Strategies. She focuses on mental health systems, substance abuse treatment, and issues related to behavioral health. Caitlin has over 10 years of experience in health care matters.

Taylor C. Shepherd

Manager of Government Relations

Taylor C. Shepherd is a Manager of Government Relations at ML Strategies. Prior to joining ML Strategies, Taylor worked as a budget analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.