Sector Specific Workplace Guidance Phase 3

The Governor has initiated Phase 3, Step 1 of the Reopening Plan by formal Executive Order here.The following businesses are eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase 3, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations. Phase 3 begins on Monday, July 6, 2020, with Boston being delayed to Monday July 13, 2020. For additional guidance on various sectors that were opened in previous sectors, please check those specific guidances for updates in Phase 3. 

Phase 3, Step 1 

Theaters and performance venues 

  • Phase 3, Step 1 Safety Standards here

Indoor and outdoor events

  • Phase 3, Step 1 Safety Standards here

Museums, cultural and historical sites

  • Phase 3, Step 1 Safety Standards here

Fitness centers and health clubs

  • Phase 3, Step 1 Safety Standards here

Certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact

  • Phase 3, Step 1 Safety Standards here

Professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators

Updated Guidance for Phase 3 from Previous Phases

Hair Salons and Barbershops

  • Should now consult with 'Close Personal Contact Services' for safety standards and protocols. 

Pet Groomers 

  • Should now consult with 'Sectors Not Otherwised Addressed' for safety standards and protocols. 

Restaurants (Effective Aug. 11)

  • Restaurant rules have been updated to state that alcoholic beverages may only be served for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site. The administration will be taking measures to ensure that bars masquerading as restaurants will be closed.
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All Sectors from previous phases (except manufacturing) have received updates to their sector specific guidance. Please refer to the list of sector specific protocols here to find updated guidance on these sectors.


Revised Gatherings Order, Effective Aug 11, 2020: 

  • Reduce the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people)
  • Apply these limits to all types of gatherings, on both public and private property
  • Require face coverings where more than 10 people from different households will be mixing
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Revised Gatherings Order, Effective July 6, 2020: 

Under the updated gatherings order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space.

Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space. This includes community events, civic events, sporting events, concerts, conventions and more. This order does not apply to outdoor, unenclosed gatherings if proper social distancing measures are possible.

This revised order does not supersede previously issued sector guidance, and is effective beginning Monday, July 6. It will be effective Monday, July 13 in the City of Boston.