Gov. Baker Teases New State Reopening Guidelines Coming Soon

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Governor Baker said this week that some changes are coming soon to the state's Covid-19 reopening plan.

The Governor made the announcement on Twitter on Friday, writing "The new @CDCgov guidance is great news. We will be updating our reopening plans early next week."

According to the CDC guidance announced on Thursday, Americans who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 do not have to wear masks for most indoor and outdoor settings, except under special circumstances -- like if someone is severely immune compromised.

Despite the change, Governor Baker said that the Massachusetts mask mandate will remain in effect while the state works to vaccinate more people.

"Massachusetts is on track to vaccinate more than 4 million residents soon," Baker said in a tweet. "Please stay safe while we prepare next steps to return to our new normal."

Several residents in the Greater Boston area told WBZ NewsRadio that they support the Governor's decision to diverge from CDC rules.

"This is a very densely populated state, there's a lot going on and I trust [Baker]" Ellen of Everett said. "When I'm out walking I do take off my mask off if there is nobody else around, [but when] I go out to restaurants I will still always put my mask, so its more thinking about other people."

Steve of Malden said however that he believes Governor Baker will end up easing rules to match federal guidelines.

"I think it's going to come down to local governments, and I'm guessing some of the smaller cities and Boston are probably going to keep somewhat of a mask mandate going a little longer," he said.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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