Yarmouth COVID-19 Re-Opening Guidelines
As we work together as a Town, region and country to re-open our communities safely and effectively, we will offer guidance here for our businesses and citizens to better understand the current status of re-opening as well as provide guidelines to ensure we continue on a safe and common path together.
On May 18 the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive four-phase plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
- Visit the Mass Re-Opening Webpage: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
- View the full report: https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-may-18-2020/download
- Guidance for specific business sectors: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen
- Mass Essential Services FAQs
On June 1 the Baker-Polito Administration announced details regarding Phase II of Massachusetts Re-Opening. The start date of Phase II is TBA.
- Baker-Polito Administration Executive Order Regarding Phase II of Massachusetts Re-Opening (6/1/2020)
- Governor Charlie Baker issued an Executive Order that provides a detailed list of businesses and activities that fall into Phases II, III, and IV of the Commonwealth’s Re-Opening Plan. The Order also permits all Phase II enterprises, including retail, to begin preparations to safely resume operation in advance of the start of the second phase. In addition to the retail sector, the Executive Order details further requirements for the safe resumption of amateur youth and adult sports and outdoor dining.
- Executive Order Press Release
- Safety Standards and Checklists for Restaurants
- Safety Standards and Checklists for Lodging Facilities
- Safety Standards and Checklist for Retail Businesses
- Child and Youth Serving Programs Re-Opening Guidance
Business Requirements for Re-Opening
Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor’s March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.
- All businesses and activities, as they reopen, must meet mandatory minimum safety standards.
- Massachusetts 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. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak.
- Customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post the compliance attestation poster in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors.
- Posters must be displayed within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning/disinfecting.
Town of Yarmouth Re-Opening Guidance
- Town Administrator Letter to the Business Community (5/22)
- Town Staff have published guidance on relevant zoning opportunities in Yarmouth that may be helpful to utilize during the re-opening process.
- Yarmouth Board of Selectmen Letter Regarding Regulatory Relief for Businesses (5/19)
Other Re-Opening Resources
- Cape Cod Task Force Re-Opening Cape Cod Website
- Information on the State’s Re-Opening Advisory Board
- Information on the Barnstable County Re-Opening Task Force and how to submit comments to them
- Details on the State’s four-phase re-opening approach
- Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces
- CDC Worker Safety and Support Guidance
- COVID-19 Regulations Enforcement Guidance
- Cape Cod Reopening Task Force Statement Regarding Summer 2020
- Restaurant Re-Opening Guide from the National Restaurant Association
- Small Business Re-Opening Playbook from the US Chamber of Commerce
- Cape Cod Commission COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey for Cape Cod Businesses
Protective Supplies Resources
- Town of Yarmouth Contact: Kyle Pedicini, Economic Development Coordinator, KPedicini@yarmouth.ma.us 508-398-2231 x1653
- To submit comments and/or questions to the State regarding reopening Massachusetts, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/forms/submit-questions-and-comments-about-reopening-massachusetts