Gov. Baker this morning announced the first phase of re-opening the state: Starting today, factories and construction sites can re-open - provided they take steps to protect workers, such as social distancing and liberal dispensing of masks and access to sinks for frequent hand washing.. Houses of worship can also re-open with more limited seating. Read more.
The Massachusetts Municipal Association has gotten a copy of at least some of Gov. Baker's planned orders for easing pandemic restrictions, which he will announce tomorrow at his daily press conference. Read more.
Gov. Baker today announced a four-phase plan for re-opening the state's economy after May 18, although he cautioned that the plan could quickly change if Covid-19 spikes in particular areas or businesses. Read more.
A federal judge today issued a preliminary injunction that bars Gov. Baker from continuing to shut gun shops because, after all, come on, Charlie, Second Amendment. And that goes for you too, Maura. Read more.
At his daily press briefing today, Gov. Baker said western Massachusetts and the Cape are showing good, declining Covid-19 hospitalization rates, but that numbers continue to go up in Worcester and the Fall River/New Bedford area and remain flat in the Boston area. Read more.
At his daily press briefing today, Gov. Baker said the state contact-tracing effort is now nearing the 1,000 people it had hoped to hire and that one early statistic from calls shows the importance of social distancing: Officials had expected every person who tests positive for Covid-19 to provider the names of ten people they'd been in close contact with for followup calls, but the average is just 2. Read more.
WBZ reports Gov. Baker says any decision on reopening the state's links will have to wait for a recommendation from the new Reopening Advisory Board he announced yesterday. That board is scheduled to make its industry-by-industry recommendations by May 18 - based on a reduction in Covid-19 cases and hospitalization, which, the governor said today, we've yet to see.
Gov. Baker announced today he's extending the ban on "non-essential" businesses and on public gatherings until at least May 18, when an advisory board he named today will deliver a report on how various types of businesses can re-open under the new normal. Read more.
Gov. Baker said today - again - that he does not want to even talk about how to re-open shut parts of the state's economy until after we see some consistent data that we are past the current Covid-19 surge, like declining Covid-19 hospitalization rates for a couple of weeks. Read more.
Gov. Baker declined to say today whether he will consider making barbershops and hair salons "essential" services - because he said it's time to start thinking about creating "rules of the road" that will allow such places to re-open if they take particular steps. Read more.
In response to a reporter's question, Gov. Baker took a moment out of his daily Covid-19 briefing to say he opposes the Trump administration's attempt to ban all immigration. "It doesn't make any sense and I don't think it makes us any safer."