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  • Re-opening, Each Phase

    What each and every business or non-profit must do to re-open when eligible:

    Re-opening Phase I

    What Can Reopen May 18 and what are the additional requirements for those industries?

    Places of worship with guidelines and outdoor services are encouraged

    • Essential businesses, manufacturing and construction

    • Hospitals and community health centers can start with high priority preventative care and treatment for high-risk patients

    • Public transit riders on the MBTA will be required to wear masks


    What Can Reopen May 25 and what are the additional requirements for those industries?

    • Personal services – hair salons, barbershops, pet grooming (curbside drop off/pick up) – all by appointment only

    Car washes – exterior washing only

    Laboratories and life sciences facilities

    Offices (not in Boston) but must be less than 25% maximum occupancy; work from home strongly encouraged

    • Retail for remote services and curbside pick up

    • Beaches, parks, drive-in theaters, athletic fields and courts, outdoor adventure activities, most fishing, hunting and boating, along with outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations – all with guidelines

    • Limited Day Care: Childcare operating at reduced capacity and on an emergency basis for children of workers with no safe alternative to group care

    “During Phase One, the emergency childcare system we already have in place will be utilized to meet the needs of people with no alternative for care. We’re also encouraging families to continue to find any alternatives to group care, to help stem the spread of the virus.” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said at Monday’s news conference.

    Re-opening Phase II:  June 8

    If complying with general and sector-specific requirements for re-opening, then the following industries/entities are permitted to open:

    • Public libraries


    Day camps, including sports and arts camps

    • LIMITED: post-secondary/higher education/vo-tech/trade or occupational schools

    Outdoor recreational activities:  Pools, spray decks, playgrounds, mini golf, go-karts, batting cages, climbing walls, ropes courses

    • Golf facilities including outdoor driving ranges

    • Funeral homes:  increased capacity to permit 40% occupancy for one service at a time within the facility

    • Driving schools and flight schools

    • Non-athletic classes in arts/education/life skills for youths under 18 years of age, only in groups of fewer than 10 persons

    • Personal services provided at a fixed place of business or at a client location

    1. Services involving no close contact (photography, window washers, individual tutoring, home cleaning, etc.)
    2. Services that do involve close contact (massage, nail salons, personal training for individuals or for no more than 2 persons from the same household, etc.)

    • Professional sports practice and training programs – no inter-team games and no public admission.

    • LIMITED: organized youth and adult amateur sports activities and programs.  No contact and no games or scrimmages, and no indoor facilities limited to youth programs.

    • Hotels, motels, inns, and other short-term lodgings, if general requirements and specific preparations are satisfied.  NO events, functions, or meetings.

    • Warehouses and distribution centers

    • LIMITED: Retail stores, including stores in enclosed shopping malls

    • LIMITED:  Restaurants providing seated food service prepared on-site and under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities.  OUTDOOR dining and take-out/delivery only at this point.

    Outdoor Dining Service Requirements from the City of Chelsea


    1.  Outdoor Dining Only, Entirely on Private Property.  

    Create a CityGrows account if you do not already have one.  Complete the online application here. The application will simply require notification to ISD and Law Department that you have set up outdoor dining on private property, and requesting a site visit.  ISD will visit, make sure everything is to its satisfaction, and issue a Temporary Occupancy Permit good through Nov. 1, 2020.  On Monday, assuming no application is available, businesses should just email Mike McAteer at MMcAteer@chelseama.gov and Cheryl Watson Fisher at cfisher@chelseama.gov and request a review of the site.  Mike or some other ISD Inspector will hopefully be able to issue the Temporary Occupancy Permit within a day or so (perhaps even in the case of early emails before the end of the day on Monday.)  Fees for these outdoor licensing efforts are waived.


    2.  Outdoor Dining Only, on a City Sidewalk Only

    Create a CityGrows account if you do not already have one.  Complete the online application here.   But, this will require making City an additional insured on the business' insurance policy and signing a simple indemnification.  It will all be part of a relatively simple application.  If the application is not on line by Monday, an email to ISD and Law Department that you wish to set up outdoor dining on a sidewalk only, and requesting a site visit, will suffice to initiate the process.  ISD will visit, along with a consultant from the City who starts work full-time on Monday, to work with the restaurant to identify the appropriate sidewalk space.  Once the setup is approved, Mike or ISD will issue a Temporary Occupancy Permit good through Nov. 1, 2020.  In this case, we should be able to issue the Temporary Occupancy Permit within a few days (or perhaps even quicker depending on the circumstances).  Fees for these outdoor licensing efforts are waived.


    3.  Outdoor Dining Only, in or on Other Public Spaces (i.e. existing streets or parking spaces).

    Create a CityGrows account if you do not already have one.  Complete the online application here.   However, in order to occupy these public spaces beyond a sidewalk, both Traffic Commission approval of this general concept and City Council approval will be required. The Traffic Commission is meeting on Tues. June 9 to consider this, and then the Council will have the matter before it on Mon. June 15.  Again, we expect, assuming these approvals, that this process will operate like #2 above.  Fill out an on-line application, ISD and consultant from City work with you on the nearby space, and then a Temporary Occupancy Permit is issued good through Nov. 1, 2020.  Anyone interested in use of streets or parking spaces can get a head start by filling out the application next week, although the City will not be able to issue approvals until Tues. June 16 at the earliest.  Fees for these outdoor licensing efforts are waived.


    4.  Serving Liquor at the Private Property Outdoor Spaces.  

    This will require Licensing Commission approval. But, that process is expected to be streamlined.  We will be asking the Licensing Commission, at its Thurs. June 18 meeting, to vote that, during this State of Emergency, it should delegate authority to allow liquor on ISD approved outdoor spaces to the Licensing Administrator, similar for what it does for Yard Sales, etc. . .     Solicitor will have a streamlined application on line limited to the requirements set forth in the ABCC required guidelines for outdoor alcohol use.  Those interested in liquor can fill out application beforehand, but no liquor licenses for outdoor dining will be available until Fri. June 19 at the earliest.  Fees for these outdoor licensing efforts are waived.


    5.  Serving Liquor at the Outdoor Dining on Public Property.

    This requires an Ordinance change.  The City will be requesting this change at the City Council meeting on June 15.  If Council approves the request to eliminate the prohibition on alcohol consumption on public property for a properly licensed restaurant, then this license will also issue from the Licensing Commission or its designee.  The application process will be similar to #4 above.  But, again, the earliest such a License could issue is Fri. June 19 following the Licensing Commission's June 18 meeting.  Fees for these outdoor licensing efforts are waived.


    Re-opening Phase III (date to be decided...no earlier than June 29th)

    • Gyms, bars, casinos and museums

    • Youth sports with games and tournaments (limited crowd sizes)

    • On a phased basis, residential camps with restrictions

    • MBTA’s buses and Red, Orange and Green lines and ferries go to full service where staffing allows. Commuter rail moves to modified full schedule


    Re-opening Phase IV (no date yet...full immersion in the "new normal")

    • Large venues and nightclubs, not including professional sports


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  • Cada Fase de la Reapertura

    Qué deben hacer todos de los negocios o organizaciones sin fines de lucro para volver a abrir cuando sean elegibles:


    Fase I de la Reapertura 

    ¿Qué puede reabrir el 18 de mayo?

    Lugares de adoración con pautas y servicios al aire libre se recomiendan
    ​• Negocios esenciales, fabricación y construcción
    • Los hospitales y centros de salud comunitarios pueden comenzar con atención preventiva y tratamiento de alta prioridad para pacientes de alto riesgo.
    • Los pasajeros de transporte público en la MBTA deberán usar máscaras

    ¿Qué puede reabrir el 25 de mayo?

    • Servicios Personales - salones de belleza, peluquerías, aseo de mascotas (acera dejar / recoger) - todo con cita previa
    Lavado de autos - solo lavado exterior
    Laboratorios e instalaciones de ciencias de la vida.
    Oficinas (no en Boston) pero la ocupación máxima debe ser inferior al 25% del original; fuertemente alentado trabajar desde casa
    • Tiendas minorista (servicios remotos y recogida en la acera)

    • Playas, parques, cines, campos deportivos y canchas, actividades de aventura al aire libre, la mayoría de la pesca, caza y navegación, junto con jardines al aire libre, zoológicos, reservas e instalaciones públicas, todos con pautas.
    • Guardería limitado: cuidado infantil que funciona a capacidad reducida y en caso de emergencia para hijos de trabajadores sin alternativa segura al cuidado grupal

    Dijo la vicegobernadora Polito, "Durante la Fase Uno, el sistema de cuidado infantil de emergencia que ya tenemos en funcionamiento se utilizará para satisfacer las necesidades de las personas que no tienen otra alternativa de atención.  Además, favor de continuar buscando cualquier alternativa a la atención grupal para ayudar a detener la propagación del virus.


    Fase II de la Reapertura, el 8 de junio

    Si cumple con los requisitos generales y específicos del sector para la reapertura, se permite la apertura de las siguientes industrias / entidades:

    • Bibliotecas públicas
    • Guardería infantil/Jardinero para niños
    • LIMITADO: escuelas postsecundarias / superiores / vo-tech / trade u ocupacionales
    • Actividades recreativas al aire libre: piscinas, terrazas de aerosol de agua , parques infantiles, mini golf, go-karts, jaulas de bateo, paredes de escalada, campos de cuerdas
    • Espacios históricos al aire libre, sin funciones y sin visitas guiadas.
    • Instalaciones de golf que incluyen campos de prácticas al aire libre
    • Funerarias: mayor capacidad para permitir una ocupación del 40% para un servicio a la vez dentro de la instalación
    • Autoescuelas y escuelas de vuelo
    • Clases en artes, no deportivas  / educación / habilidades para la vida para jóvenes menores de 18 años, solo en grupos de menos de 10 personas 
    • Servicios personales prestados en un lugar de negocios fijo o en la ubicación de un cliente

    • Servicios que no requieren contacto cercano (fotografía, limpiador de ventanas, tutoría individual, limpieza doméstica, etc.)
    • Servicios que involucran contacto cercano (masajes, salones de uñas, entrenamiento personal para individuos o para no más de 2 personas del mismo hogar, etc.)

    • Programas de entrenamiento y práctica deportiva profesional: sin juegos entre equipos y sin admisión pública.
    • LIMITADO: actividades y programas deportivos organizados para jóvenes y adultos. Sin contacto y sin juegos o juegos de práctica, y sin instalaciones interiores limitadas a programas juveniles.
    • Hoteles, moteles, posadas y otros alojamientos a corto plazo, si se cumplen los requisitos generales y los preparativos específicos. NO eventos, funciones o reuniones.
    • Almacenes y centros de distribución.
    • LIMITADA: tiendas minoristas, incluidas tiendas en centros comerciales cerrados
    • LIMITADO: Restaurantes que brindan servicio de comida preparada en el sitio y bajo permisos de comida al por menor emitidos por las autoridades municipales. Solo COMIDA AL AIRE LIBRE, comida para llevar y entrega en este punto.

    Requisitos de servicio de comidas al aire libre por la ciudad de Chelsea​

    1. Solo cenas al aire libre, completamente en propiedad privada.

    Cree una cuenta CityGrows si aún no tiene una.  Complete la solicitud en línea aquí.  La solicitud simplemente requerirá una notificación al Departamento de Servicios de Inspección (DSI) y al Departamento legal de que ha configurado una cena al aire libre en una propiedad privada, y solicitando una visita al sitio.  DSI visitará, se asegurará de que todo esté a su satisfacción y emitirá un Permiso de Ocupación Temporal válido hasta el 1 de noviembre de 2020.  Hasta que haya una solicitud disponible, las empresas deben enviar un correo electrónico a Mike McAteer a MMcAteer@chelseama.gov y Cheryl Watson Fisher a cfisher@chelseama.gov y solicitar una revisión del sitio.  El permiso de ocupación temporal debe requerir aproximadamente un día para emitirse.  No se cobran tarifas por estos esfuerzos de licencias al aire libre.

    2. Solo cenas al aire libre, solo en una acera de la ciudad

    Cree una cuenta CityGrows si aún no tiene una.  Complete la solicitud en línea aquí. La aprobación de esto requerirá que la Ciudad de Chelsea sea un asegurado adicional en la póliza de seguro de la empresa y que se firme una indemnización simple.


    3. Solo cenas al aire libre, en otros espacios públicos (es decir, calles o espacios de estacionamiento existentes).



    4. Sirviendo licor en la propiedad privada Espacios al aire libre.



    5. Sirviendo licor en el comedor al aire libre en propiedad pública.


    Reapertura de la Fase III (fecha por decidir ... no antes del 29 de junio)

    • Gimnasios, bares, casinos y museos.
    • Deportes juveniles con juegos y torneos (tamaños de público limitados)
    • Por fases, campamentos residenciales con restricciones.
    • Los autobuses de la MBTA y las líneas y transbordadores rojos, naranjas y verdes van al servicio completo donde el personal lo permite. El tren de cercanías se traslada al horario completo modificado.

    Reapertura de la Fase IV (aún no hay fecha ... inmersión total en la "nueva normalidad")

    • Grandes lugares y clubes nocturnos, sin incluir deportes profesionales.

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