Reopening Amherst

On Monday, May 18th the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan for a phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy. The Baker-Polito administration used a framework that considered both the public health risk and the economic benefit of reopening each of the closed sectors of the economy. Phase 1 started Monday, May 18th, based on current public health data and trends.

All businesses must develop a written COVID-19 Control Plans outlining how their workplaces will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. Control Plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on-premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak.

You can download the COVID-19 Control Plan here

The Town of Amherst will act in accordance with the State’s phased reopening plan. The Town will do everything it can to help Amherst reopen safely while working to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19. Our goal, first and foremost, is to maintain the well-being of all our community members.

Key Information: 

  • All phased approach and reopening summary plans can be found at
  • Detailed industry reopening plan can be found here
  • All sector-specific protocols and best practices can be found here
  • Safer-at-Home Advisory details can be found here
  • Local Business Resources from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at and the Amherst BID at 
  1. Sector-Specific Guidelines
  2. Health & Human  Services
  3. How the Town Can Help

Places of Worship - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Outdoor Recreation - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Construction - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Manufacturing - Permitted to reopen on May 18, 2020

Office Spaces - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Laboratories - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Hair Salons and Barbershops - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Car Washes - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020

Pet Grooming - Permitted to reopen on May 25, 2020