Today the CDC issued new guidance on how to safely “venture out” as things reopen.
The first Step of Phase 2 has begun today in Massachusetts. Many included industries, such as childcare facilities, still have several steps that they need to take to adhere to the outlined safety guidelines.
Holyoke has prepared guidance for local restaurants who wish to open outdoor seating as part of Phase 2: https://www.holyoke.org/governor-baker-to-announce-the-starting-date-of-phase-2-of-the-states-reopening-plan/
City playgrounds are now open to the public. Community Field Dog Park is now open. Spray pads and Community Field public restrooms remain closed but will reopen on Saturday, June 27.
Weekly Public Health Report (Updated Wednesday) Contains town-by-town numbers, long-term care facility information, and more: https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-june-10-2020/download
Massachusetts comprehensive daily “dashboard” illustrating the spread of this virus across regions and demographics: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-dashboard-june-12-2020/download
Testing has a turnaround time of 1 – 4 days and many cases are being clinically diagnosed (no testing or reporting involved). All are advised to behave as though they are carriers of Covid-19.
890 Holyoke residents have been confirmed positive by testing.
6,431 confirmed cases in Hampden County (<1% increase)
918 in Hampshire (<1% increase)
348 in Franklin (0% increase)
575 in Berkshire county (0% increase)
The curve we need to flatten: County numbers graphed over time can be found here: https://www.wmasscovid.com/
Massachusetts has now experienced a total of 7,538 deaths connected to Covid-19. *Massachusetts is now reporting “probable” Covid-19 deaths in addition to confirmed cases.
Mass website featuring all Covid-19 testing sites: www.mass.gov/covid-testmap
Please be advised that you may be contacted by Public Health officials as part of the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who has tested positive, you may receive a call from your local Board of Health or from the MA Department of Public Health. The call will only take a few minutes and is a necessary step to limit the spread of the virus. Your information will not be shared with any other agencies and these officials will never ask for your social security number or health insurance information. If you have any questions about a call you received, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are in PHASE 2: CAUTIOUS
Opened May 18:
- Essential Businesses & Services
- Outdoor Spaces
- Places of Worship
- Limited Health and Human services will begin to reopen – details here
Opened May 25
- Beaches, with activity restrictions
- Car Washes
- Drive-in Movie Theaters
- Hair Salons and Barbershops
- Libraries, curbside only
- Office Spaces (employers are encouraged to keep as many employees working remotely for as long as possible)
- Outdoor recreation activities, with limitations
- Pet Grooming Services
- Recreational Marijuana, curbside only
- Retail, curbside only
General Reopening Information
- CDC Guidance for Reopening
- Reopening Massachusetts Website
- Safer-at-Home Advisory
- If you are wondering when your business may open, you can check the full timeline here.
Phase 2: Additional services opening on a date TBD
The following businesses will be eligible reopen in Step Two of Phase II at a later date:
- Indoor table service at restaurants
- Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including:
- Hair removal and replacement
- Nail care
- Skin care
- Massage therapy
- Makeup salons and makeup application services
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo, piercing and body art services
- Personal training, with restrictions
Full list and safety protocols can be found at www.mass.gov/reopening
As of June 8, the following may open:
- Restaurants will be allowed to serve outdoor seating only. View the full sector-specific guidelines here.
- Lodging operations will open, but ballrooms, meeting rooms, function halls, and all other indoor or outdoor event facilities must remain closed. Lodging operators are not permitted to host weddings, business events, or other organized gatherings of any kind. View the full sector-specific guidelines here.
- Retail with occupancy limits
- Childcare facilities, Day Camps, and Municipal recreation programs. Childcare Provider Reopening Order
- Amateur Youth and Adult Sports
- Routine Medical Appointments and Procedures
- Outdoor Recreation Facilities
- Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions
- Warehouses and Distribution Centers
- Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring
- Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements
- HOV Lanes
- Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10
- Driving and flight schools
- Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours
- Funeral homes, with occupancy limits