ICYMI ~ Phase 2 ~ Reopening Information Begins to Emerge, with More to Come

Editor’s Note: The following information about Phase 2 Reopenings is excerpted from Town Manager Sarah Stanton’s daily update for June 3, 2020. Please remember that details are few, and much more information will be released as soon as it is available.

On June 1, 2020, the Governor provided an update which allowed businesses included in Phase 2 of the re-opening plan, to open their physical workplaces and facilities to workers for the purpose of preparing and planning for the re-opening. As occurred in Phase 1, all businesses will be required to comply with the General Workplace Safety Standards at all times, and specific sectors will have additional requirements.

The COVID-19 Task Force, and Board of Health staff, are currently working on gathering all Phase 2 protocols and details released by the State of Massachusetts. This information will be sent to sector-specific businesses, or programs, in an effort to help them better understand the requirements that must be met prior to re-opening. This will support those included in Phase 2 to be prepared when the timeline for reopening is announced, which is anticipated to be as early as next week.

Businesses or programs currently listed in Phase 2 include retail stores, outdoor dining at restaurants, hotels, organized sports and youth programs, personal services, funeral home services, outdoor recreational facilities, day camps, and public libraries. These sectors will be allowed to open on a specific date in Phase 2, in a limited fashion, or limited operations, with specific conditions that must be met. Our internal team of stakeholders has been working for weeks to prepare a “restaurant toolkit” to help our local establishments adhere to the state regulations, apply for increased temporary expanded outdoor seating, and ensure a successful transition in reopening. Stay tuned for more details!

Exciting news for the Town of Bedford, Phase 2 will allow Town programs to re-open such as Summer Adventures day camp, Kids Club childcare, and limited outdoor recreation programming.

More Information to Come

Additional information will be released as specifics are received from the State of Massachusetts.

If you are a business not currently receiving COVID-19 phase re-opening emails from the Bedford Board of Health, please contact them 781-275-6507 to be added to our outreach.

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