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July 3, 2020
Mass. Nonprofits Can Re-Open, but Must Ensure Safety
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May 18, 2020 — Under the four-phase plan to re-open the Massachusetts economy, unveiled today by Gov. Charlie Baker, Bay State nonprofits, like other organizations, will need to abide by mandatory workplace safety standards and sector-specific protocols and best practices.

All businesses and activities, as they reopen, starting today, must meet the following minimum safety standards:
Social Distancing
  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces
  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing
  • Provide signage for safe social distancing
  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees
Hygiene Protocols
  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace
  • Ensure frequent hand washing and ensure adequate supplies
  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site
Staffing and Operations
  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • Employees who are displaying COVID-19-like symptoms do not report to work
  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from COVID-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan
Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business
  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed
  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace
The Baker administration also has mandated that businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period.

A template for that plan, along with workplace posters, and sector-specific protocols and best practices are available here.

The state has developed a guide to educate business owners on what supplies are needed to return to workplaces, and a portal to connect businesses with manufacturers and distributors.
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