Reopening

Starting August 1st Massachusetts has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving in the state.   Click here for detailed guidance

Travelers from COVID-19 lower risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average. 

Note: Effective Friday, August 7, Rhode Island is no longer listed as a lower risk State 

Update August 7th:

Statewide Guidance:

 Governor Baker is signing an updated gatherings order, effective Tuesday, August 11,  which will:

  • 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.

Due to the recent increase in positive cases, step two of phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely.

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.

Public safety officials, including state and local law enforcement, have the jurisdiction to enforce these orders and event hosts in violation of these orders will be subject to fines or cease and desist orders.

To read the gatherings order, click here.

 To read the updated restaurant protocols, click here.

Update July 6th:  WORKPLACE SAFETY and REOPENING STANDARDS FOR BUSINESSES and OTHER ENTITIES PROVIDING YOUTH and ADULT AMATEUR SPORTS ACTIVITIES – Phase III, Step 1.  Read the full guidance here!

Update July 2nd: The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that on July 6th, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13th.  Click here for full press release and go to the state’s website for additional details: http://www.mass.gov/reopening

The Select Board voted additional parking for visitors going downtown.  Please click on this link for a map of additional parking options.

Governor’s Reopening Plan: Guidance for Reopening and Continuing Operations

As we move forward with the Governor’s plan to phase in the reopening of different establishments and businesses, the Winchester Health Department wants to direct you to the required documentation to help your business reopen or continue operating in a manner that will protect both staff and customers, and keep you in full compliance with the requirements set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For Reopening Phases for business categories, please see the chart created by the State of Massachusetts that notes different business categories and reopening dates or phases.  All necessary state information can be found here but we have also broken the key elements down for you below:

Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces as they reopen, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces

Sector-specific protocols and best practices

Mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices for sectors that are eligible to open. Additional sector guidance for future phases will be issued at a later date. All businesses as well as those Essential Businesses that have remained operating must comply with their industry’s sector-specific protocols (if applicable).

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts#sector-specific-protocols-and-best-practices-

General business guidance and required documentation to open

Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen is linked below. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening and essential businesses which have remained operating.

Businesses are not required to have a pre-opening inspection and are not required to file their COVID-19 control plans with the Town of Winchester. However, these must be available on-site and shown to the Winchester Health Department or Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards upon request.

Please note that the temporary shutdown or reduced operation of a building and reductions in normal water use can create hazards for returning occupants; these hazards can include mold and Legionella. After a prolonged shutdown, building owners and employers should ensure that their building does not have mold and that the water system is safe to use to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease. Guidance on how to do this is available from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html.