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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.  The plan is coupled with a new “Safer at Home” advisory, replacing the current “Stay at Home” advisory, to allow people to use the reopened businesses and services with stringent safety protocols in place.  Phase 1 is set to begin on May 18 allowing manufacturing, construction, places of worship, and high-priority health procedures at hospitals and community health centers to resume.  Phase 1 will expand on May 25, opening laboratory and life science facilities, offices other than those located in Boston, hair salons and barbershops, pet grooming, recreation and outdoor activities, other health care providers for high priority procedures, and remote fulfilment and curbside pickup for retail stores. On June 1, office space in Boston will reopen. Phase 2 will include retail, restaurants, lodging, and personal services such as nail salons and day spas.  Phase 3 will include bars, casinos, gyms, museums, and other business activities excluding nightclubs and large venues.  Phase 4, dubbed the “New Normal” will resume all business activities with safety protocols in place. Each phase will last at least three weeks, potentially longer based on COVID-19 data on transmission of the virus, there could be a regression in phases if transmission rates increase.

To access the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, please click here.

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Steven A. Baddour, Vice President of Government Relations, ML Strategies, Mintz Levin, Law Firm
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Steve’s government relations practice focuses on advising clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on a wide range of issues at the state and federal levels. As part of Mintz's Litigation Practice, Steve represents public and private sector clients in complex civil litigation matters. In both these roles, he uses his knowledge of government and the law to benefit clients in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond.

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Dan is Vice President of Government Relations for ML Strategies. He has been directing policy in Massachusetts and the New England region for more than a decade. Dan represents trade associations and businesses across industries with interests before the executive, legislative, regulatory and municipal areas of government throughout New England.

Most recently, Dan served as Legislative Counsel in the Boston office of a large, international law firm. He previously served as the chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, where he was responsible for drafting the state’s multi-billion dollar budget, as well as reviewing all legislation referred to the committee.  He has participated in the formulation of several substantial legislative proposals, including the Global Warming Solutions Act, Health Care Reform and the consolidation of Massachusetts’ transportation agencies. Upon returning to the private sector, Dan lobbied on behalf companies and trade associations in the New England region and held the position of executive director of the Product Management Alliance, a national organization of product manufacturers and organizations.  

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Caitlin is a Senior Manager of State Government Relations at ML Strategies. With over 10 years of experience with health care matters, Caitlin focuses primarily on mental health systems, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral health related issues. In addition to her healthcare expertise, Caitlin has worked on issues related to housing development, education, public health, criminal justice and economic development.

Prior to joining ML Strategies, Caitlin worked as a staff attorney on the House Committee on Ways and Means. There she gained an...