Retail & Shops

Reopening Phase III mandatory safety standards were updated and are effective Monday, September 28, 2020.

Retail Safety Standards and Checklist web page for current standards and other information


Download Retail Safety Standards (effective Monday, September 28th)

Retail (such as clothing stores, toy stores, jewelry stores, nurseries and garden centers that don’t sell food products, adult use cannabis stores) were permitted to reopen on May 25 during Phase 1 for curbside pickup and delivery only.

At Step One of Phase 2, browsing inside the store was permitted with restrictions. At Step Two of Phase II (beginning Monday, June 22), retail dressing rooms were accessible by appointment only.


Massachusetts Resources for Retail and Shops

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

Sector-Specific Safety Standards UPDATED 9/22

Massachusetts COVID-19 Control Plan Template

Sector-Specific Safety Standards Checklist UPDATED 9/22


CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting 

CDC Workplace Decision Tool

OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19