Updated: June 1, 2020

  • Massachusetts started Phase 1 of reopening beginning May 18, 2020 with the expiration of its business closure order. Aside from essential services, business sectors that have reopened include construction, manufacturing, houses of worship, office spaces (as of June 1, 2020 in Boston), laboratories, hair salons/barbershops, car washes, and pet grooming. 
  • Phase 2, the start date of which is expected on June 6, will include retail, restaurants and lodging.

Updated: April 28, 2020

  • Massachusetts Order No. 30 extends the operation of Order No. 13 until May 8, 2020 and incorporates updates from Order No. 21.

Updated: March 31, 2020


  • Massachusetts Order No. 21 extends the operation of Order No. 13 until May 4, 2020.
  • Additionally, the current Order incorporates the updated CISA List and updates the state’s own essential services list.


(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13)            

Executive Summary

The Massachusetts Executive Order requires all citizens living within the State to stay at home except as allowed in the Order, and requires all businesses and operations in the State, except “Essential Services,” to cease all activities.  The Order provides a detailed listing of Essential Services and those businesses are urged to continue operations.  Essential Services continuing operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing protocols consistent with guidance provided by the Department of Public Health.

Summary of Order

  • Issued on March 23, 2020, Effective as of March 24, 2020 at 12:00pm
  • Terminates on April 7, 2020 at 12:00pm
  • All businesses and operations in the State, except Essential Services are required to cease all activities within the State.
  • All Essential Services are encouraged to remain open. To the greatest extent feasible, Essential Services shall comply with social distancing protocols set forth by the Department of Public Health.
  • The list of Essential Services is subject to amendment and update as necessary in response to changing conditions
  • Petitions may be made by businesses to be deemed Essential Services at
  • Essential Services means business involved in the following industries:
    • Healthcare/Public Health/Human Services
    • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and First Responders
    • Food and Agriculture
    • Energy
    • Water and Wastewater
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Public Works
    • Communications and Information Technology
    • Other Community-Based Government Operations and Essential Functions
    • Critical Manufacturing
      • Manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains
      • Transportation
      • Energy
      • Communications
      • food and agriculture
      • Chemical manufacturing
      • Nuclear facilities
      • Emergency services
      • Defense industrial base.
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Financial Services
    • Chemical
    • Defense Industrial Base