The team at 1Berkshire is monitoring developments and official guidance, and will continue to gather informational resources to share with our business community as we navigate these uncharted waters. We will use this page to provide updated information, useful links, resources, tips, and best practices for all of us living and working in the Berkshires. Please check back regularly for updated information.
1Berkshire is currently operating remotely to service the needs of the community during these trying times. Our team is actively engaging with all our major stakeholders to ensure the prosperity of our region. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@1berkshire or call us at (413) 499-1600.
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UPDATED May 12, 2021 – 11:02 AM
1Berkshire Member Toolbox for COVID-19 Response & Preparedness
As a Member of 1Berkshire, we are here for you. Please use this toolbox containing Guidance from Federal, State & Local Officials to help your business, employees, and clientele. Follow and share these links for up-to-date information.
Current Reopening Phase: Phase IV (New Normal), Step One– Additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits.
NOTE: See the ACTIVE GOVERNMENT ORDERS container below for regulations temporarily in force.
NEW: Effective on April 30, the Face Coverings Order has been relaxed for some outdoor settings. Effective on May 10, Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries:
- Large venues (indoor/outdoor stadiums, arenas/ballparks currently open as part of Phase 4, Step 1 at 12%) will be permitted to increase capacity to 25%.
- The Commonwealth will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries (amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks) that will be permitted to operate at a 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.
- Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH.
- Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments will be allowed for moderate and high risk sports.
- Singing will also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.
Effective on May 29, and subject to public health and vaccination data:
- Gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings and private settings.
- Additional Phase 4, Step 2 industries will be permitted to open including
- Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals, at 50% of their previous capacity and after submitting safety plans to the local board of health.
- Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries, will be subject to restaurant rules with seated service only, a 90 minute limit and no dance floors.
- The restaurant guidance will be updated to eliminate the requirement that food be served with alcohol and to increase the maximum table size to 10.
Effective on August 1 and subject to public health and vaccination data, remaining industries will be permitted to open including dance clubs, and nightclubs, saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs and other facilities, indoor water parks and ball pits. All industry restrictions will be lifted at that time, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries, with businesses encouraged to continue following best practices. The gathering limit will be rescinded. Depending on vaccine distribution and public health data, the Administration may consider re-evaluating the August 1 date. Read more here.
NOTE: On Monday, March 22, all communities in Massachusetts moved into Phase IV, Step One. This allowed several business sectors to open under tight capacity restrictions, which are expected to be adjusted over time in accordance with public health data trends. See this press release for additional detail.
- Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks are allowed to operate at a 12% capacity limit upon submitting a plan to the state Department of Public Health.
- Gathering limits for event venues and in public settings are increased to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors – gatherings at private residences remain limited to 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.
- Dance floors are permitted at weddings and other events.
- Overnight summer camps will be permitted to operate this summer.
- Exhibition and convention halls may begin to operate, subject to gatherings limits and event protocols.
- Other Phase IV business sectors must remain closed at this time, including but not limited to: road races and other large outdoor amateur athletic events; street festivals; parades; amusement parks, theme parks, and water parks; saunas; beer gardens, breweries, wineries, distilleries, nightclubs, dance clubs, and bars not providing seated food service.
Questions or Concerns?
1Berkshire is currently operating remotely to service the needs of the community during these trying times. Our team is actively engaging with all our stakeholders to ensure the prosperity of our region. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@1berkshire or call us at (413) 499-1600.
Together, we can keep our Berkshire community and economy healthy and strong.