Governor Baker recently announced guidelines for the following additional sectors of business that will be allowed to reopen in Phase 2 of the Massachusetts 4-Phase Plan:
Child Care and Summer Camps
The links above are to previews of the mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices, and checklists for businesses. "These workplace safety standards and the expanded opportunity they provide will not be effective until Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Plan commences.

They are posted in advance of the Governor’s initiation of Phase 2 to allow businesses time to prepare to operate in compliance with these mandatory health and safety standards."

“Effective immediately, the Executive Order permits Phase II businesses to reopen their physical workplaces to WORKERS ONLY to conduct necessary preparations prior to the start of Phase II.

Preparations include but are not limited to completing a COVID-19 Control Plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.”


"The goal of this phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far.

Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase.

If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase."

Pittsfield Restaurant Reopening Guidance
Thursday, June 4, 2 pm


The City of Pittsfield Health and Community Development departments will offer guidance and answer questions regarding Pittsfield restaurant reopening at a Zoom meeting THIS THURSDAY, June 4 at 2 pm.

Please register in advance for this meeting:


Gina Armstrong, Health Department Director

Alan Kulberg, Chair of Pittsfield Board of Health

Deanna Ruffer, Community Development Director


Speakers will provide an information session for about the first 20 minutes and then open things up to a Q&A session.


Session 1 is TOMORROW June 3 at 9 am!

The webinar will be led by Pittsfield’s own Roger Matus, an expert in developing market strategies and in executing digital marketing programs for clients in Boston and the Berkshires. Local clients include Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness, the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, the City of Pittsfield, the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, Integrated Eco Strategy in North Adams, Global-Z International, and the William Stanley Business Park.

According to, “In the coming months, businesses are going to become more reliant than ever on their digital strategy. Without wanting to sound too alarmist, in many cases, it will be the deciding factor in whether they make it through the tough times ahead.”

Don’t miss this important FREE opportunity! Register now!


To register for Quick Wins on Wednesday, June 3 at 9 am, visit

To register for Big Wins on Wednesday, June 10 at 9 am, visit

Virtual Town Hall: Covid-19 - The Deeper Strains on Community

Friday, June 5, 10 - 11:15 am

Join 1Berkshire for a discussion with four integral social, safety, and educational agencies #InTheBerkshires. In this panel and Q&A-style Virtual Town Hall, the focus will be on the community impacts that an extended closure due to COVID-19 can, and is, having on the fabric of the region.

Gain deeper insight into the harsh realities of how the shutdown is impacting individuals, families, organizations, and more from the people on the front lines. Hear directly from them about their work on food insecurity, early childhood care, domestic violence, and K-12 education, and walk away with a fuller understanding of the challenges they (along with our region) are facing, the support they will need, and the outlook we need to be prepared for.

Moderator: 1Berkshire

Janis Broderick, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Freeman Center
Dr. Barbara Malkas, Superintendent of North Adams Public Schools
Kelly Marion, CEO of Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center
Candace Winkler, President and CEO of Berkshire United Way

These town hall events are free to join, but pre-registration is required. Register here:
Visit our COVID-19 Resource Page for Important Business, Non-profit, and Cultural Resources!

Plus some resources that are just for fun!
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