Re-Opening Guidance for Offices

The guidelines are effective as of June 22, 2020 and supersede the orders of May 26, 2020.

Who Should Return to the Office?

  • Workers must continue to telework if feasible
  • Only essential workers should return to the office
  • Workers must stay home if feeling ill
  • Vulnerable individuals are encouraged to stay home
  • Office occupancy is limited to 50% of certified occupancy

Social Distancing, PPE, and Cleaning Requirements

  • Physical distancing of a minimum of six feet is required
  • The parish should assess and modify the office environment in order to ensure proper social distancing for those on site, including marked traffic flow paths to limit exposure
  • Consideration should be given to staggered or alternating workdays or hours, re-assigned desks or workstation locations
  • Masks will be worn by all staff and volunteers
  • Enhanced, frequent cleaning protocols should be maintained
  • Limit visitors where feasible
  • Common areas should be closed off
  • Signs are to be posted on the exterior and interior advising people of the mask and distancing requirements, as well as any new or “one way” entry/exit and traffic flow requirements

Signage and Checklist

Parish office must display signage:

  • Attesting that they have a COVID-19 plan
  • Describing practices for social distancing, hygiene, cleaning

Parish office must complete the MA DPH Checklist

If Staff Has COVID-19 Symptoms or Tests Positive

  • Parishes must have a designated isolation area for anyone who exhibits symptoms while on parish premises, to be utilized while the individual is awaiting transport home
  • Any staff or volunteer who experience symptoms, or reports being exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, must complete the Parish COVID-19 Contact Notification and Tracing Form
  • If a staff member or volunteer experiences symptoms or tests positive, their work area and any common areas must be cleaned and disinfected prior to occupancy


  • Non-essential travel is prohibited
  • No camps, field trips, youth group or service trips
  • No sporting events