Massachusetts Businesses Get Guidance On Reopening

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There are two new online resources to help businesses safely reopen during Phase One of the state's reopening plan.

According to Gov. Baker, the first resource is a guide to educate business owners on what supplies are needed to allow staff to return to the workplace.

"As businesses reopen, it will also be important for them to stock up on the certain supplies that they need," said Baker, "such as cleaning spray, disinfecting wipes, and face coverings." However, Baker said businesses should not buy medical grades masks; those should be reserved for healthcare workers.

The second resource is an online portal that connects Massachusetts businesses in need of those supplies with manufacturers and distributers.

The resources are based on the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards, published last week by the Reopening Advisory Board and developed in conjunction with the Department of Public Health. Baker said the guidelines will ensure "as employers, workers and customers return, they do so in as safe an environment as possible."

The Reopening Advisory Board is also developing Sector Specific Protocols that describe policies, procedures and best practices that particular industries should follow to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

"The goal of a phased reopening is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume," said Baker, "while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm the healthcare system and erase much of the progress we've all made."

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