Reopening Massachusetts

CURRENT PHASE : Phase 2 – Part 2

When can production reopen?

Phase 3

INFORMATION ON PHASE III – STEP I (PHASE III, STEP I TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH)

The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that on July 6th, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13th.

TV and Movie Production can begin on July 6th with restrictions. Performances are governed by the Theater and Performance Venues sector specific protocols (protocols, circular and checklist should be available shortly. The material offers guidance for maintaining social distance, face coverings, and close contact between performers in both indoor and outdoor settings.

All other aspects of TV and Movie Production should adhere to General Business Guidance, Mandatory Safety Standards and applicable sector specific guidance (i.e. office space for office work). Production crews should also follow the detailed labor and management protocols developed by the industry.

Mandatory Safety Standards
Businesses and sectors set to begin opening in Phase III are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards.

Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces (Poster)
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces

COVID -19 control plan template
https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-reopening-control-plan-template/download

Compliance attestation poster
https://www.mass.gov/doc/compliance-attestation-poster-english/download

Employer Poster
https://www.mass.gov/doc/employer-reopening-poster-english/download

Worker Poster
https://www.mass.gov/doc/worker-reopening-poster-english/download

Find Supply Vendors
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-purchasing-hygienic-or-protective-supplies-for-the-workplace

Sector Specific Protocols for Construction:
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-construction

Revised Gatherings Order:

Under the updated gatherings order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space.

Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space. This includes community events, civic events, sporting events, concerts, conventions and more. This order does not apply to outdoor, unenclosed gatherings if proper social distancing measures are possible.

This revised order does not supersede previously issued sector guidance, and is effective beginning Monday, July 6. It will be effective Monday, July 13 in the City of Boston.

New Travel Guidance

This week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced new COVID-19 public health guidelines on travel and transportation.

Effective Wednesday, July 1, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts, including residents returning home, are instructed to self-quarantine for 14-days. This guidance does not apply to travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York or New Jersey. Additionally, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are also exempt from this directive. Travelers who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are instructed to not travel to Massachusetts.

For information on businesses open in Phases 1-4 as well futures Phases:

All of this information is subject to revision based on the latest public health data. Each phase will last at least three weeks, but could last longer, depending on the public health data. Each phase may contain multiple steps that stagger the reopening dates for businesses and activities within that phase.

For more information on Reopening Massachusetts: