Businesses classified as nonessential have been forced to close their doors, while those considered essential have continued operation but under a new set of rules.
Along with other states, Massachusetts has established safety standards that workplaces must follow as they open to reduce the transmission of the virus among workers and customers. The safety standards include things like social distancing, hygiene, and cleaning and disinfecting.
Stricter rules apply to certain industries such as construction, manufacturing, hair salons, barbershops, pet grooming, and offices.
Regardless of social distancing, regular disinfecting, and other safety precautions, workers are at risk of contracting COVID-19 when they work. Essential workers, such as healthcare workers, grocery workers, and mass transit workers, have been at risk for months. Continue reading