WAYS TO BEST PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM COVID-19...

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Reopening Massachusetts IconCURRENT REOPENING PHASE - PHASE 4, STEP 2(Effective May 10, 2021)
For a summary of updates associated with this next phase of the reopening, check out the Governor's press release here.
For technical details and overview of the Order speaking to Phase 4, Step 2 (No. 68), click here.

CURRENT GATHERING LIMITS
*Gatherings at Event Venues and Public Settings:
  • Outdoors: 150 people
  • Indoors: 100 people
*Gatherings at Private Residences:
  • Outdoors: 25 people
  • Indoors: 10 people
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Revised Face Covering Order
FACE COVERING ORDER REVISED

Although it is important to continue to wear a face covering, EVEN AFTER BEING FULLY VACCINATED, the Governor has revised the Face Covering Order. 
This revised Order is effective April 30, 2021.

Some highlights from the revised Order and some everyday examples include:

FACE COVERINGS ARE STILL REQUIRED:

--INDOORS at ALL public locations
  • i.e. Retail Stores, Pharmacies, Public Transportation
--OUTDOORS in public locations IF UNABLE TO MAINTAIN a distance of approximately six fee from every other non-household member.

--If required by a Sector-Specific COVID-19 Safety Rule/Standard
  • i.e. - When dining indoors AND outdoors (unless actively eating or drinking)
  • i.e. - At the gym, while exercising indoors AND outdoors
  • i.e. - At your son/daughter's sporting event held indoors AND outdoors
--At all events and gatherings held in public locations
  • i.e. - A community sponsored event
Face coverings are encouraged but not required for events and gatherings at private homes*
(*Remember to follow all current gathering limits issued by the State related to gathering limits at a private residences)
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Travel Advisory
CURRENT TRAVEL ADVISORY
The once issued Travel Order has now been replaced with a Travel Advisory.
Familiarize yourself with the new information surrounding the new Travel Advisory @
www.mass.gov/matraveler


Have questions like...
  • What if I'm fully vaccinated?
  • What does fully vaccinated mean?
  • What if it's just a short trip out of state?
  • Are there exemptions?
Get your questions answered by going straight to the source...Potential Other Travel Scenarios

For
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL information, click here.
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HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN, AND WHEN TO DISINFECT YOUR HOME
It is recommended and best to follow these CDC guidelines.  
(For cleaning and disinfecting in a Business Setting, click here)

Looking to see if your disinfectant is effective against COVID-19, check out this interactive tool of all EPA-registered products here.

STAY SAFE WHILE CLEANING

CDC has created this infographic that details a quick summary of the Do's and Don'ts and how to stay safe while cleaning.

Safer Cleaner Alternatives
SAFER ALTERNATIVES
Want to use a safer alternative, but still need an effective cleaner/disinfectant? 

The Environmental Protection Agency did the work and tested these products out so that you can keep your family, pets and the environment more safe.
Find a product that may work for you at www.epa.gov/saferchoice
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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Check in with yourself, your neighbors, your loved ones and your children. 
You're not alone.  
The State has compiled a list of resources that support your mental health.  Start here.

INDIVIDUAL MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

The State launched this searchable directory at Massachusetts Network of Care.  This may be a good first step.
Another option - MassSupport - Free COVID-19 Counseling and Support (1-888-215-4920 - Mon-Fri)

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Experts say 'you know your child best'.  So check in with your child's mental health.  Find the support you need and here from other families that have struggled through the pandemic as well.  Learn more here.

OTHER RESOURCES

Need assistance in other ways?
Food...Unemployment...Housing...and SO MUCH MORE!
You may be able to find resources through the State.  Click here for a complete list of what is available and how it can help you.
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IS YOUR BUSINESS COVID COMPLIANT?

All business allowed to be open under the current Governor's Phased Reopening Plan MUST comply with the State's "Mandatory Safety Standards" as well as their particular "Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices"
Mandatory Safety Standards include having a written COVID-19 Control Plan and posting the following posters: Compliance Attestation Poster, Employer Poster, Worker Poster.

POSITIVE CASE INSIDE AMONG YOUR WORKFORCE?

Do you know what to do?  Plan for that know...Develop your COVID-19 Control Plan.  The State has a template to assist you in making sure you have thought of and complied with all of the reopening safety standards.  Take a look at each box in each section of the template.  Does your plan provide site specific information on this?

EMPLOYEE HEALTH SCREENING? 
Employees should be screened prior to entering work, or self-screening at home.  What should they/you be looking for?  This Site explains the Employee Screening process and also has flyers that can be printed out (in multiple languages) and provided to your employees.

STANDARDS CHANGE FREQUENTLY!!!
So make sure you're up to date.  These changes may affect your business in a positive way.  Check out your Sector-Specific Standards on the State's reopening page at www.mass.gov/reopening

GENERAL RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

Click here for other State associated business resources and support
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Vaccine Information

Is it safe...
Is the COVID Vaccine Safe? 
Yes, it is!  View the video above and visit the State's "Trust the Facts.  Get the Vax" campaign for more information.

Eligibility...
As of April 19, 2021, all individuals (16 years old and older*) that live, work or study in Massachusetts are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.
*Currently, people under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Find a vaccine location...
1.  Pre-register if you intend on receiving your vaccine at a MassVax site (Gillette Stadium being one of them).
OR
2.  Find another Site open to the public Statewide (like a local Pharmacy) by going to the State's Vaxfinder.

Did you know...
*Pre-registration is only available for first dose appointments only.

*The list of "certain medical conditions" has been updated.  Individuals with 1 certain medical condition are now eligible for the vaccine.  To view the full list, click here.

*The number of vaccine appointments is directly related to the supply the State receives from the Federal Government.  As vaccine becomes available, more appointments will be added.  We understand the lack of appointments can be frustrating, and to hear that it may take over a month for those currently eligible to get a vaccine, is even more disheartening.  The State encourages everyone to be patient as we wait for a greater supply.

*You still need to wear a mask and continue to socially distance even when you are fully vaccinated.  What IS safe to do when fully vaccinated?  Click here for the State's guidance when fully vaccinated.

Helpful Information... 

Learn more about how pre-registration works, here.
Already pre-registered, but need to change preferences?  You can!  Find out how, here.

Homebound residents needing a covid vaccine, call COA
As always, for all information and updates related to the vaccine, including the current eligible groups, visit mass.gov/covidvaccine.

For the Weekly Vaccination Report, click here.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ's, click here.