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Massachusetts Reopening Phase Two Begins: What You Can Expect

BOSTON (CBS) - Restaurants, retail stores, child care, day camps, outdoor pools, playgrounds, mini-golf, hotels and funeral homes are among the many businesses across Massachusetts reopening Monday with restrictions as Phase Two of reopening the state's economy begins.

All will have strict requirements for masks and social distancing.


Restaurants can open for outdoor dining only. Tables must be six feet apart and no more than six people will be permitted at a table. Workers and customers must wear masks, but customers can then remove them to eat or drink. Beer gardens, wineries, and distilleries that serve food can open under similar guidance.

Prince Pizzeria
Prince Pizzeria on Route 1 in Saugus has a tent set up in the parking lot for outdoor dining. (WBZ-TV)

Restaurants will be able to open indoor seating later on in Phase Two.


As stores reopen, customers will have to get used to a different way of shopping.

There are only eight people allowed per 1,000 square feet or 40-percent capacity of the store. Fitting rooms are closed. Customers and employees must keep six feet apart or more, and when that's not possible, a physical partition should be in place. There will also be directional aisles.


More preventive health care services and elective surgeries can also start up again in Phase Two. This includes annual exams and procedures like mammograms, colonoscopies, and heart screenings.


Day care centers can begin reopening in Massachusetts, but they won't have kids for a few weeks because they have to make several safety changes and then get those changes approved.

Providers will need to scan and screen all staff and children before they are allowed into a day care. Only one point of entry will be allowed for families, and parents will have to drop children off on a staggered schedule to limit the amount of non-essential adults in facilities.

Centers must clean before, during and after programs and staff must wear face coverings and work the same shift. Group sizes will be limited to 10 children.

Other important Phase Two openings include distribution centers, outdoor recreation facilities, driving and flight schools, and libraries. Personal services that don't require contact, such as photography, can open.

Services that do require close contact, such as massage therapy, nail salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and personal training must wait until later in Phase Two. A date for that has not yet been determined.

Read: When Can My Business Reopen?

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