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This page was last updated Monday, June 22.




  • Maine is currently in Phase 2 of re-opening.
  • For updated operations guidelines for re-opening, click here.
  • In order to open, businesses must commit to complying with requirements of these checklists by filling out this short online form.
  • If you have questions, e-mail or call 1-800-872-3838.



  • Massachusetts is currently in Phase 2 of re-opening.
  • In Phase 1 of re-opening, Massachusetts retailers were permitted to offer curbside pick-up. In Phase 2, retailers are allowed to open for in-person browsing — with restrictions. Those guidelines are posted here. 
  • In order to reopen, stores must create a plan for following COVID-19 guidelines. Peg Duffy at Booklink in Northampton has shared her draft (click here). This plan does not need to be submitted, but does need to be posted on the premises and made available in case of an outbreak or inspection.
  • Face Coverings: Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. If customers refuse to wear a face covering for non-medical reasons, a business may decline entry to the individual. Full details are outlined in the May 1 Order.


New Hampshire

Effective on May 11, 2020, all retail establishments may open their physical facilities to workers, customers, and the public and resume in person operations if they operate in accordance with the following guidelines. Retail establishments who are currently open due to provision of Essential Services must begin operating in accordance with these guidelines immediately.


Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island is currently in Phase 2 of re-opening. 
  • In Phase 2, in-person shopping will be permitted in non-critical retail stores under the following guidelines (click here).
  • If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact the Department of Business Regulation via the online form or call 401.462.9500.
  • Face Coverings: Rules and Resources