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Posted on: May 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] The City of Chicopee - Reopening Phase 1

The City of Chicopee - Reopening Phase 1

The City of Chicopee - Reopening Phase 1 requires the cooperation of all of us. The plan to re-open the economy safely requires that everyone do their part to keep themselves and their neighbors safe and healthy.

Phase 1 keeps existing restrictions, advisories, and guidance but provides for certain exceptions that can resume safely.

What Can Individuals Do?
• A new "stay safer at home" advisory requests that individuals stay home when they can. The safer at home advisory is NOT enforceable. 
• All individuals are required to wear a face-covering in most places when outside of the home. This requirement is enforceable by the Chicopee Health Department. ORDER
• All individuals remain subject to the existing ORDER limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons, except in unconfined outdoor spaces. The restriction is enforceable by the Chicopee Health Department.
• Compliance with mandatory rules outlined above is enforceable by the Chicopee Health Department through the issuance of civil fines of up to $300 per violation.

What Can Businesses Do?
• Essential services have been allowed to operate prior to first phased reopening. Current operating businesses must come into compliance with new workplace safety standards by May 25.
• In addition, businesses listed below will be permitted to resume operations on May 18 or May 25, as indicated. All other businesses and workplaces remain closed through Phase 1. No business is required to reopen and may not reopen until it is ready.

MAY 18 
• Manufacturing • Construction • Places of worship (40% occupancy limit) • Firearms retailers and shooting ranges

MAY 25
• Laboratories and life sciences facilities • Offices limited to <25% maximum occupancy; work from home strongly encouraged. • Car washes exterior and self serve only • Hair salons/Barbershops by appointment only • Pet grooming by appointment only (curbside drop-off and pick-up) • Certain outdoor recreational facilities and activities • Retail curbside pickup only

• All operating businesses must comply with general mandatory workplace safety standards, as well as sector-specific workplace standards and protocols where applicable. For more information: Note that some specific sector and workplace standards and protocols are mandatory (actions  that "must" be taken), while others are best practice guidance (actions that "should" be taken).

Only essential services and businesses specifically designated for reopening can operate in phase 1. In order to open or to continue operation, all businesses must:
• Develop a written COVID-19 safety plan outlining how the business will prevent the spread of COVID-19.
• Self-certify that it will operate in compliance with all applicable and mandatory workplace safety standards. Templates available here: 
• Produce this self-certification if requested, by the Chicopee Health Department, Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, or Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Failure or  refusal to produce the self-certification upon request is grounds for enforcement action.

• Workplace safety standards are enforced jointly by the Chicopee Health Department and Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards.

• Chicopee Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health retain all authority they have under current public laws to regulate and inspect under chapters of the State Sanitary Code. 

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