Construction & Manufacturing Can Re-Open May 18, Under Specific Protocols

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BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will unveil the state’s re-opening plan today, May 18, at 11 a.m.

Upon implementing new COVID-19 safety standards and completing a self-attestation checklist, Construction, Manufacturing and Worship services may re-open on Monday, May 18.

Each business or House of Worship will be required to meet the a set of mandatory workplace safety standards.

At 11 a.m., the Baker-Polito administration will announce additional sectors, industries, and activities that will be permitted to open at a later date in Phase 1.

This announcement will include appropriate Sector Specific Protocols for those industries.

Enforcement of new safety standards is a joint responsibility between the MA Department of Labor Standards, the MA Department of Public Health, and local boards of health. 

Before reopening, businesses must self-certify that they will operate in compliance with the new safety standards and protocols.

They will be required to complete a checklist and post a series of posters in a place where they can be viewed by employees and customers.

The business must produce this self-certification, if requested by the local board of health, DLS, or DPH.

In some cases, businesses will also be required to develop a written COVID-19 control plan. 

Enforcement will scale from verbal consultation and redirection, to written redirection, to fines, and finally to cease-and-desist letters.

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