Phase One of reopening the MA economy began today. The Baker-Polito Administration, with the guidance of the Reopening Advisory Board, announced the first phase in their four-phase approach to reopening the economy. Manufacturing , construction , and houses of worship are allowed to resume services immediately with enhanced safety protocols in place. Also today, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs offered guidance around reopening open space and recreation that can be found here and Health & Human Services outlined non-emergency procedures or deferred care that can resume today and next week here .
Additional sectors given the green light to reopen with restrictions next Monday, May 25 th are:
Businesses authorized to reopen must be in compliance with the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and any industry specific protocols issued no later than May 25. More information can be found on the Reopening Massachusetts web page . Unfortunately, if your business falls under an industry that is not listed above, you will not be permitted to open until at least June 8. A comprehensive list of business sectors and the phase/date of anticipated reopening can be found here .
State will provide emergency childcare services for parents called back to work. With certain industries opening today and more to come in the next few weeks, there is a growing dilemma for families with young ones who are out of school and without access to standard until the end of June. Lt. Gov. Polito announced today that emergency childcare services designated by the state are only at 35 percent capacity and will be made available to those returning to work who need it. The form to request emergency daycare services can be found here .
Take Our Survey on Supporting Businesses During Reopening. Working in partnership with the Town of Stoneham officials and the Stoneham Board of Health, we have developed a brief survey to help us assess your most pressing needs during these challenging times. Your feedback is vital to understanding what support you need most. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey here .
PPP Forgiveness Guidance & Reopening Advisory Report Webinar on Wednesday @ 2:30-3:30pm. On May 20th, we will join the Waltham Chamber for an update on the newly released guidance around the PPP and what constitutes forgivable expenditures, as well as the Governor’s Reopening Advisory Report issued today. Speakers will include Margaret Laforest with the MA Office of Business Development (MOBD), Lisa Welch with the SBA, Michelle Miller, Director – Central MA Center for Women & Enterprise and Darryl Fess, President & CEO-Brookline Bank. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end. This webinar is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Register here .