UPDATED: JUNE 29, 2020
On May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Baker announced that retail and restaurants are in a phased reopening plan. There are four phases. The State has entered into Phase 1 on Monday, May 18th and each phase should last a minimum of three weeks if all public health data shows positive signs. As of May 26, retail stores were allowed to offer curbside pickup of goods and many previously closed restaurants also reopened for curbside pickup or delivery.
Phase 2 began on schedule on June 8, 2020, as public health benchmarks continued to be met. In a news conference on Saturday, June 6, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker confirmed and gave details of the start of Phase 2 of businesses reopening across the commonwealth. This phase will have two steps, with the schedule of the second step depending on the most recent public health data. As of June 8, retail stores, outdoor seating at restaurants, lodging, child care, and youth sports may resume, as long as they follow state guidelines. Step 2 of Phase 2 began on schedule on June 22 and allows indoor dining, the reopening of nail and tanning salons, and other outdoor recreation including playgrounds and public pools.
Nantucket Health Department Director Roberto Santamaria announced on June 28 that his department will issue an emergency order requiring the wearing of face coverings when in public on the island. Santamaria said, "Whenever somebody is on a public street, public sidewalk, in a retail establishment or in a food
establishment, you would be required to wear a mask at all times, except for when consuming food."
Phase 1: "Start"
- Beaches remain open
- Retail Stores can offer curbside pickup or delivery
- Golf Courses are Open
- Restaurants continue to offer curbside pickup, takeout or delivery
- Real Estate can now do showings by taking all health precautions, such as social distancing and wearing a mask
- Pet Grooming, Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Houses of Worship
- General Office spaces
Phase 2: "Cautious"
- Hotels and short term rentals
- Personal Services: nail salons, massage therapy, day spas
- Restaurants may offer dine-in
- Beaches remain open
Phase 3: "Vigilant"
- Performance Venues
Phase 4: "New Normal"
- Most businesses can now open while maintaining safety and health precautions for the protection of others. This includes large arenas.