States Phase-Two Could Begin As Early As Monday
During his media briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker spoke about Phase-Two of the Reopening of the state’s economy. The governor along with public health officials will be announcing the start date for Phase-two on Saturday, and that possible start date could be as early as Monday.
During the Governors media briefing Wednesday, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy gave a preview of the Phase 2 that were also were published to the state's website.
The Phase-Two safety standards include:
A limit of eight customers and staff per 1,000 square feet of indoor space. Roughly 40% of the maximum permitted occupancy.
Stores would need to put out markers and reminders of social distancing.
There would have to be an established customer flow in one direction through aisles, where possible.
Face coverings for workers and customers will be required.
There will be no sampling of personal goods such as makeup or perfume allowed.
Establishments would have to provide training for staff on hygiene and other safety plans.
Amenities such food courts and children's play would have to remain closed.
And… Grocery stores and pharmacies must continue to set aside at least one hour of time for customers age 60 or older.
Gov. Baker said the decision on when to start phase 2 will be based on the public health data.