Matthew Keigan, Executive Director of Engineers, Architects and Occupational Schools within the Division of Professional Licensure, issued an update regarding school openings in Massachusetts on May 29th.
As you all now, Governor Baker released a four-phase approach to opening businesses that have closed their physical locations in accordance with COVID-19 Order No. 13. Occupational schools, including cosmetology and barbering schools, were not part of the Phase 1 re-opening.
I am writing to inform you that
effective May 29, 2020, occupational schools, including cosmetology and barbering schools, are now allowed to permit staff to re-enter their physical school locations for the limited purpose of setting up online training, or preparing the facility and staff to resume classes
that have not been offered due to the closure of occupational schools. Until further notice, students are still not allowed to be physically present in or at any school location, and may only participate in training or classes virtually.
Occupational schools who choose to allow their employees back into their physical locations for the purposes outlined above, must comply with the requirements for Safety Standard for Office Spaces and Mandatory Safety Standards for work places. These standards may be found online at:
The goal of the Governor's four-phase reopening plan is to allow businesses, services, and activities to resume while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system, and erase the progress we've made so far.