Phase Two Starts Today: Here's What Can Reopen

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Baker has announced Massachusetts will enter Phase Two of the state'sEconomic Reopening Planon Monday, June 8th.

The start date for the second phase was settled upon based on several key coronavirus health metrics measured by the Department of Public Health over the first week of June.

Phase Two will also be tiered into three steps.

Phase Two Step One will begin on Monday, June 8th and will allow for the reopening of places like retail stores, childcare, day camps, lodging, youth sports, and outdoor seating dining at restaurants.

Phase Two Step Two will allow restaurants to serve guests indoors, and it will allow for personal services like nail and tanning salons to reopen. The start date for Step two will be determined based on the continued improvement of public health metrics.

Before any businesses can reopen on Monday, they must meet certain mandatory health and safetystandards.

Here is a list of what will be allowed to reopen with certain restrictions during Phase Two:


  • Browsing inside all retail stores, including stores inside malls
  • Restaurant dining (outdoor dining during Step 1, indoor dining during Step 2) including inside casinos and hotels
  • Lodgings (including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short term online rentals)
  • Some beer gardens / breweries / wineries / distilleries

Sports And Leisure:

  • Outdoor organized sports
  • Campgrounds
  • Recreational daycampsincluding art and sports (not overnight)
  • Playgroundsand spray decks
  • Public and semi-public swimmingpools
  • All athletic fields and courts
  • Youth sports in a limited fashion
  • Beaches
  • Mini golf
  • Go karts
  • Batting cages
  • Climbing walls
  • Golf facilities including outdoor driving ranges
  • Professional sports practice and training

Personal Care (Phase 2, Step 2)

  • Nail salons
  • Massage therapy
  • Tanning salons
  • Day spas
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Electrolysis studios, etc.

Health and Human Services:

  • Expanded ambulatory in-person routine care
  • Routine medical office visits like dental visits and vision care
  • All other in-person medical, behavioral health, dental and vision services may resume, except for elective cosmetic procedures and in-person day programs
  • "Less urgent preventative services, procedures, and care (e.g., routine dental cleanings, certain elective procedures)
  • Day programs (e.g., Adult Day Health, Day Habilitation, etc.)
  • Expanded visitation allowed at care and assisted living facilities

Public transportation:

  • Ferries under reduced service
  • Additional commuter trains, including off-peak trains on the Fairmount Line
  • Increased service on the Green, Orange, and Red Lines
  • Return to full service on the Blue Line
  • Additional service for high demand bus routes (as staffing permits.)


  • In-Home non-construction related work – e.g., carpet installation, home theaters, security systems
  • Browsing inside auto and wholesaler showrooms, with restrictions
  • Behind-the-wheel training for driving schools
  • Occupational schools for the limited purposes of permitting students to complete a degree, program, or prerequisite for employment, or other similar requirement for completion
  • Personal services that don’t involve close personal contact (e.g. photography, window washers, career coaching)
  • Personal Trainers (appointment-only training with only one customer, or two from the same household, allowed in the facility at a time)
  • Flight schools
  • Childcare
  • Non-athletic instructional classes in arts / education / life skills for those under 18 years, in groups of fewer than 10
  • Funeral homes at 40 percent capacity limit; one service at a time in the facility
  • Outdoor historical spaces / sites
  • Safety Standards for Hunter Education and Firearms Identification Card (FID)/License to Carry Firearms (LTC) EducationClasses

During Phase Two, there will be also be three levels of safety guidance for residents, businesses, and workers.

For workplaces that are reopening, that includes advice that "high risk [employees] should work from home if possible," and they should have "priority consideration for workplace accommodations."

Read the full list of when Massachusetts businesses can reopen here.

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