Monthly Archives: May 2020

Massachusetts Economy to Reopen in Four Phases: Will Employers Be Able to Meet New Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards?

Governor Charlie Baker has announced plans to reopen the Massachusetts economy in four phases beginning May 18.   Non-essential businesses have been closed in the state since Governor Baker issued an Executive Order closing all non-essential businesses on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The four phases – Start, Cautious, Vigilant, and the New Normal – will be implemented based on public health guidance with the goal of methodically allowing certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.