Reopening Information

Reopening Massachusetts

To review the Baker-Polito Administrations comprehensive plan to safely open the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19 please visit:   https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts

City of Gloucester Reopening Task Force

The City of Gloucester’s Reopening Task Force, chaired by Public Health Director Karin Carroll, is charged with advising City Administration on strategies to slowly reopen the Gloucester economy in phases based on Governor Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board’s plan, health and safety metrics.  

City of Gloucester Task Force Members

  • Karin Carroll, Public Health Director, City of Gloucester
  • James Destino, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Gloucester
  • Jill Cahill, Community Development Director, City of Gloucester
  • Sal DiStefano, Economic Development Director, City of Gloucester
  • Carol McMahon, Assistant Emergency Management Director, City of Gloucester
  • Ken Riehl, Chief Executive Officer, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
  • Barbara McCarthy, RN, NHC Enterprise Risk Officer, Addison Gilbert Hospital
  • Robert J. Gillis, Jr., President, Cape Ann Savings Bank
  • Elizabeth Carey, Executive Director, Discover Gloucester
  • Taylor Hedges, EDIC Member, The Event Company
  • Edward Ackerly, Senior Manager, Environmental Health & Safety, Applied Materials
  • Matt Beach, Market Analyst, Applied Materials
  • Laurie Labrie, President, Integrated Human Resources

City of Gloucester Task Force Subcommittees

  • Business Groups (Retail/Manufacturing/Office/Fishing/Harbor)
  • Tourism (Lodging/Arts/Theatre/Water Recreational Activities)
  • Food Establishments & Bars
  • Recreation & Open Spaces
  • Special Populations (Homeless/Substance Use/Group Homes)
  • Youth (Sports/Camps/Recreation/Summer School/Internships/Daycare)
  • Religion/Cultural/Private Social Events


Public Input Requested for Reopening

The Reopening Task Force is seeking public input to ensure local ideas, concerns and questions are considered as they work to develop a Gloucester reopening strategy.  Comments can be submitted to reopening@gloucester-ma.gov and will then be forwarded to the appropriate subcommittee chair for review.

Communication Resources

Reopening News & Announcements


Reopening Videos

  • A 1623 Community Update with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken about the City’s Phase 1 opening of City beaches and Stage Fort Park.  
  • A 1623 Community Update with CAO Jim Destino and Public Health Director Karin Carroll about the City’s Reopening Task Force
  • GMG Podcast with CAO Jim Destino and Public Health Director Karin Carroll about Reopening Massachusetts and the City’s Reopening Task Force