• coronavirus Aug 6

    Senate President Calls for School Mask Mandate

    The pressure on the Baker administration to require masks in classrooms this fall gained a strong voice Friday when Senate President Karen Spilka formally called on the governor to require universal masking in schools. “Public health experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that universal masking in schools is an effective way to keep our vulnerable children and residents…

  • coronavirus Jun 18

    Masks Still Required for Summer School Students in Mass.

    Massachusetts students will still be required to wear masks in summer school programs in the coming months, the Baker administration clarified on Friday after Gov. Charlie Baker said he does not believe that practice is necessary. In a Friday event that governor’s office livestreamed, Baker said the 2021-2022 academic year that starts in the fall should be “business as...

  • coronavirus Jun 1

    Rhode Island Gov. Lifts Outdoor Mask Requirements

    Masks will soon no longer be required when outdoors in Rhode Island, Gov. Daniel McKee announced Tuesday. The new rule that takes effect Wednesday applies to both those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and those who remain unvaccinated, and is in line with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to revise outdoor masking guidance...

  • coronavirus Jun 1

    Massachusetts Mask Rules: The Latest Guidance Statewide and in Boston

    Massachusetts rescinded its pandemic mask order over the weekend. But that doesn’t mean that masks are no longer required anywhere. The state Department of Public Health issued a new public health advisory May 29 consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Boston also chose to adopt the new statewide mask rules. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised...

  • coronavirus May 28

    Mass. Is Fully Reopening Saturday, Without a Mask Mandate. Here's What to Know

    All COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts, including the mask mandate, will be lifted Saturday — just in time for Memorial Day weekend — as state enters what officials call a “new normal” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This means, effective at midnight, all businesses will be able to reopen without restrictions and the face covering order will be replaced by the CDC’s…

  • coronavirus May 25

    Massachusetts Mask Mandate Ends This Week: What You Need to Know

    Gov. Charlie Baker announced last week that Massachusetts will rescind the state’s current mask order effective Saturday, May 29, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The state Department of Public Health will issue a new public health advisory effective May 29 consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing…

  • Maine May 25

    Maine Businesses Changing Mask Rules Under New Guidance

    Businesses around Maine are spending the early part of the week adopting new mask rules in the wake of new guidance from the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills lifted mask requirements for most of the state Monday. However, businesses are still allowed to require them if they want to. In Portland’s leafy North Deering neighborhood, businesses greeted the guidance...

  • coronavirus May 21

    Return to Work Could Be ‘Bumpy' in Massachusetts, Baker Says

    The path for laid-off workers to return to jobs and for employers to fill open positions will be “a little bumpy” as Massachusetts transitions out of the public health emergency, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday. Employers added 5,100 positions in April, but the pace of gains slowed and total employment remains more than 260,000 jobs below where it was pre-pandemic,…

  • coronavirus May 21

    Rhode Island Lifts Remaining COVID-19 Restrictions

    Most of Rhode Island’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions are set to be lifted on Friday. Businesses such as stores, restaurants, gyms and offices will be allowed to operate at full capacity with no physical distancing, according to WJAR-TV. Businesses can still implement their own restrictions as they see fit. Limits on social gatherings and restrictions on houses of worship, funeral...

  • coronavirus in vermont May 18

    Policy Changes on Masks Causes Confusion in Vermont

    Mask mandate rulings are different depending on where you live in the state.

  • coronavirus May 19

    MIAA Releases Updated Guidance on Masks and Youth Sports

    The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released new mask guidance for youth sports in the state on Tuesday. The new guidance, based on the state dropping its mask mandate on May 29, says that athletes, spectators and staff are not required to wear a mask or face covering for outdoor sports in most cases. However, plenty of Massachusetts student athletes were…

  • mask order May 18

    Where You'll Still Need to Wear a Mask in Mass., Even If You're Vaccinated

    Massachusetts’ mask mandate is being lifted on May 29, a year and a month after Gov. Charlie Baker first issued the order. The mandate will be replaced with a new advisory that still urges people who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet to wear masks or face coverings in many cases. And there will still be situations where vaccinated people will still…

  • Small Business and the COVID-19 Crisis May 17

    All Business Restrictions to Be Lifted on May 29th in Massachusetts

    All businesses will be able to reopen without restrictions and the face covering order will be replaced by the CDC’s new guidance.

  • COVID-19 May 17

    Baker: Mass. to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions Starting May 29

    Gov. Charlie Baker announces that all Massachusetts COVID-19 restrictions, including wearing masks, will be lifted on May 29. He also announced that the state of emergency will be lifted June 15.

  • coronavirus May 18

    Baker to Lift All COVID Restrictions, Mask Order in Mass. on May 29

    All COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts, including the state’s mask mandate, will lift on May 29, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday. “We said since Day 1 that we’ll get through this together, because the people in Massachusetts are strong, kind and willing to sacrifice to help their neighbor,” Baker said Monday. “Today — more than ever — we know that’s the…

  • coronavirus May 15

    When Will Mass. Lift Its Mask Order?

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in a tweet Friday that he’ll update the state’s reopening plans early next week. Baker’s comments came a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance saying that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most situations. “The @CDCgov guidance is great news. We...

  • coronavirus May 14

    Gov. Baker Says Mass. Will Update Its Reopening Plans ‘Early Next Week'

    Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that Massachusetts will update its reopening plans early next week. “The new @CDC guidance is great news,” he said on Twitter. “We will be updating our reopening plans early next week.” Baker also noted that the state is on track to vaccinate over 4 million residents soon. “Please stay safe while we prepare next steps…

  • coronavirus May 14

    Mass. Mask Order Active Despite CDC Change

    For now, there won’t be any change to the Massachusetts mask order after federal mask rules were eased indoors and outdoors for people who are fully vaccinated.

  • coronavirus Apr 30

    Kids Playing Sports Must Wear Masks Despite End of Mass. Outdoor Mask Mandate

    Student athletes participating in spring sports in Massachusetts must wear masks during games for the time being, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association said in a statement Thursday. This comes despite Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement earlier this week that the state’s outdoor mask mandate will be lifted on Friday. “In light of Governor Baker’s announcement on Tuesday, April 27, 2021...

  • mask mandate Apr 27

    Maine Ends Outdoor Mask Mandate

    Masks will still be required indoors within the state.

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