The State published new safety standards and recommendations for all providers of short term rentals. Although specifically geared to motels and hotels, they apply, where they make sense, to vacation home rentals also. [note - A short-term rental is one of duration of 31 days or less.] The one item that jumps out at me is the strong suggestion that a 24 hour gap be inserted between rental weeks (making a one week rental only 6 days long). This isn't ideal, and is certainly not accounted for in most rental leases. We expect more clarity when the Governor announces his ruling on entering Phase 2.
Take a look at the guidelines here..
Massachusetts Reopening Plan - Entering Week 3
This upcoming week is an important week in that Gov. Baker will be announcing whether we can enter Phase 2 by the end of this week. Phase 2 opens up significant portions of our economy that has been off-limits up to then. Most notably short term rentals (see story above) and most restaurants, with significant 'social distancing' mandates.
Below is Gov Baker's chart, redrawn so we can track our progress. I'll try to maintain this chart so that the key dates remain front and center and that we get to see our goal, the 'New Normal', now slated for July 20th (ugh!). Each phase is a minimum of 3 weeks, with the possibility that any phase can expand as the data (and the Governor) requires. Check out the full list at 'Reopening Massachusetts'.