Baker Expected To Announce Reopening Of Some Businesses, Places Of Worship


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As Massachusetts’ stay-at-home advisory comes to an end, Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to announce Monday which businesses will be allowed to begin reopening this week. This would be part of Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to an email memo from the Massachusetts Municipal Association sent to local government officials, and provided to WBZ NewsRadio, the state is set to allow construction and manufacturing businesses, as well as places of worship, to reopen on Monday.

All of the businesses must continue to practice safety and social distancing measures, including wearing face coverings, hand washing, and sanitation of high touch areas.

Gov. Baker plans to reopen Massachusetts’ economy in four phases — “Start,” “Cautious,” “Vigilant,” and “New Normal.”

“Businesses and activities with a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission will open in earlier phases. Public health metrics will determine when the first phase of reopening begins, as well as when it is safe to move in later phases,” according to the state’s website.

However, the state says that if “public health metrics worsen, the state may need to return to an earlier phase.”

Non-essential businesses in Massachusetts have been closed since March.

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