November 2, 2020

 

 

Gov. Baker Announces New Stay at Home Advisory, Mask Mandate, Early Business Closures
  

Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced changes to the state’s reopening orders, issued a new Stay at Home Advisory, and a new statewide mask mandate as the state’s daily numbers of positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb.  The changes announced today will take effect on Friday, November 6, at 12:01 AM.  Click here to read the full release.
 
More details are expected to be finalized in the coming days, but the following specifics were released by the Administration today:
 
Stay at Home Advisory: The Administration issued a revised Stay At Home Advisory to ensure residents avoid unnecessary activities that can lead to increased COVID-19 transmission. The revised Stay At Home Advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM. The Advisory allows for activities such as going to work, running critical errands to get groceries and address health needs, and taking a walk.
 
Click here to read the revised Stay At Home Advisory: www.mass.gov/stayhome.
 
Early Closure of Businesses and Activities: Governor Baker issued a new executive order that requires the early closure of certain businesses and activities each night at 9:30 PM. The 9:30 PM closure requirement is aligned with the Stay At Home Advisory and together the two new initiatives are designed to further limit activities that could lead to COVID-19 transmission.
 
Effective November 6, the following businesses and activities must close to the public each day between the hours of 9:30 PM and 5:00 AM.

 

  • Restaurants (in-person dining must cease at 9:30 PM, although takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages, but not alcohol)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol must cease alcohol sales at 9:30 PM (but may continue to sell other products)
  • Adult-use marijuana sales must cease at 9:30 PM (not including medical marijuana)
  • Indoor & outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-in movie theaters), and performance venues (indoor and outdoor)
  • Youth and adult amateur sports activities
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating and boating businesses
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers
  • Close contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural & historical facilities/guided tours

 
Click here to read the new executive order (including full list of businesses required to close at 9:30 PM).
 

Face Covering Order: Governor Baker also signed an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition.

 
Click here to read the revised face-coverings order.
 

Gatherings Order: Governor Baker also signed an updated order restricting gatherings. The new gatherings order reduces the gathering size limit for gatherings at private residences: indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people. The limit on gatherings held in public spaces and at event venues (e.g. wedding venues) remains the same. The new order also requires that all gatherings (regardless of size or location) must end and disperse by 9:30 PM.
 
The new gatherings order also requires that organizers of gatherings report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department in that community and requires organizers to cooperate with contact tracing. The gatherings order authorizes continued enforcement by local health and police departments and specifies that fines for violating the gathering order will be $500 for each person above the limit at a particular gathering.

 
Click here to read the revised gatherings order.
 

ALL members are encouraged to closely review these new changes in order to maintain compliance.  We will share additional guidance as it is released.


 

2020 RAM Virtual Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2020


All RAM members are invited to participate.
There is no fee to attend.

 Click here to register to attend via Zoom
 


9:00 am                           Call to Order & Introduction of Guest Speaker LT.
                                        Governor Karyn Polito (chair of the COVID-19
                                        Reopening Task Force)

9:30 - 10:40                     Association Business Reports (Treasurer’s Report,
                                        Minutes, Membership & Services, Public Policy)


10:40 - adjournment        The Future of Retail
                                         Guest Speaker,  Bob Phibbs, the “Retail Doctor.”
                                         Bob has worked with hundreds of large retail
                                         brands including Bernina, LEGO, and Yamaha, as
                                         well as the smallest independent owner operated
                                         retailers, and everything in between.
                                       
                                       Check out www.retaildoc.com for more information.


For more information or assistance, please contact Andi Shea, RAM's Membership Director, at [email protected]
 


 

Is Your Business Ready for Paid Family and Medical Leave?

 

RAM members are invited to view previously recorded webinars covering issues arising from the state’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave Law.  Join expert employment attorneys, Jaclyn Kugell of Morgan Brown & Joy and Howard Brown of Boston Employment Law PC, as they provides an overview of the law’s requirements and answer specific member questions about the law with the help of Department of Family and Medical Leave.  Members may access the recordings by clicking here to view both presentations on RAM's website as well as the presentation documents.