• cambridge March 23, 2021 7:51 am

    Cambridge Staying at Phase 3, Won't Move Forward in Mass. Reopening

    The City of Cambridge is remaining at Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, despite most of the rest of the state advancing to Phase 4, city officials announced Monday. Officials said the city will keep gathering limits for event venues and in public settings to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, making it more restrictive than the rest…

  • reopening March 19, 2021 5:42 pm

    Boston Reveals Plans for Modified Phase 4, Step 1 Reopening on Monday

    Boston is moving to a modified version of Phase 4, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan on Monday, Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Friday. Boston’s version of the state’s Phase 4, Step 1 has lower limits on public gatherings, allowing 60 people inside and 100 outside, rather than 100 and 150 respectively. The city will also wait…

  • reopening March 15, 2021 7:31 pm

    Here's How Federal COVID Relief Funds Will Be Used in Massachusetts

    Relief funds from the recently passed American Rescue Plan will go toward bolstering Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccination program and public transportation as well as assisting communities hit hardest by the pandemic, Rep. Stephen Lynch said Monday. In a press conference at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, Rep. Stephen Lynch said municipalities that have struggled during the pandemic — including those with large minority…

  • coronavirus March 15, 2021 3:03 pm

    Phase 4 Expected to Start Next Week in Mass.: Here's What Can Reopen

    In one week, Massachusetts is expected to move into the final phase of its reopening following last year’s coronavirus shutdowns. The state moved into Phase 3, Step 2 of the four-phased reopening on March 1, and Gov. Charlie Baker has said that provided public health metrics continue to improve all communities in Massachusetts will move into Phase 4, Step 1…

  • reopening March 9, 2021 3:54 pm

    As Warm Weather Returns, Walsh Warns Bostonians to Remain Vigilant for COVID

    Boston officials urged residents to “double down” on social distancing practices and regularly get tested for COVID-19 to prevent cases from spiking as warmer weather takes hold this spring. In a press conference, Mayor Marty Walsh said the city’s positive test rate had fallen to 3.6%, but that residents and businesses should to continue to take precautions with people expected…

  • reopening March 1, 2021 2:43 pm

    Walsh Warns Bostonians Against Large Gatherings for St. Patrick's Day

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Monday urged residents to refrain from large gatherings for St. Patrick’s Day, saying such events could slow the reopening process amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to be clear that there should be no large gatherings,” Walsh said during a press conference. “We are so close to the finish line, but what we don’t...

  • coronavirus March 1, 2021 12:51 pm

    Baker: J&J Vaccine to ‘Dramatically Boost' Progress in Mass.

    Johnson and Johnson’s newly approved COVID vaccine will “dramatically” boost vaccination efforts in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. “This vaccine is obviously a critical part of how we get to the next normal,” Baker said. “The introduction of that vaccine over time will certainly dramatically boost our vaccination efforts here.” The first shipment of the single-dose vaccine, which...

  • coronavirus March 1, 2021 10:07 am

    Massachusetts Expands COVID Reopening Rules

    Massachusetts moves into Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan Monday, which includes indoor performance venues and recreational activities

  • coronavirus March 1, 2021 6:38 pm

    Mass. Moves to Phase 3, Step 2 of Reopening: Here's What to Know

    Massachusetts on Monday relaxed some restrictions on restaurants, live performance venues and other businesses as the state moved into Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan amid a continued decline in daily coronavirus cases. Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that the state would be easing restrictions imposed to combat the most recent surge in the virus. New daily cases…

  • Massachusetts February 28, 2021 6:45 pm

    Mass. Moves to Next Step in Reopening on Monday

    On Monday, the state will move to Phase 3, Step 2, as new daily cases of COVID-19 have dipped to their lowest levels since October and Massachusetts confirmed it has fully vaccinated more than half a million residents.

  • coronavirus March 1, 2021 12:38 am

    Phase 3, Step 2 Begins in Mass. Monday: Here's What Can Reopen

    Some very welcome news came from the governor’s office this week: Massachusetts is moving forward in its reopening plan. On Monday, the state will move to Phase 3, Step 2, as new daily cases of COVID-19 have dipped to their lowest levels since October and Massachusetts confirmed it has fully vaccinated more than half a million residents. Another 600,000 have…

  • reopening February 26, 2021 1:19 pm

    Boston to Follow Mass. Into Phase 3, Step 2 Monday, With Some Exceptions

    A day after Massachusetts announced that Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan would begin on Monday, Boston said Friday that it will follow along, with some modifications. Under the modified plan, Boston will keep indoor performance venues and “recreational activities with greater potential for contact” closed until March 22, the city said in a release. Musical performances in…

  • reopening February 26, 2021 8:21 am

    From Restaurants to Stadiums, Mass. Is Heading to a ‘New Normal.' Here's What to Know

    From fans in sporting arenas to more patrons allowed inside restaurants at one time, Massachusetts is poised to significantly loosen COVID-19 restrictions in the coming weeks amid positive signs in the state’s battle against the coronavirus. Red Sox fans can now buy tickets to attend Opening Day on April 1 as Fenway Park will be among the sports venues slated…

  • reopening February 25, 2021 2:07 pm

    Read the Plans for Mass. to Move to Phase 3, Step 2 and Phase 4, Step 1

    Massachusetts is returning to Phase 3, Step 2 of the coronavirus reopening plan on Monday, easing restrictions imposed to combat the most recent surge in the virus. The state’s been at that step in the plan before, but not the fourth and final phase. However, Gov. Charlie Baker also announced Thursday when the state hopes to move to the first…

  • coronavirus February 4, 2021 2:24 pm

    What to Know About the COVID Vaccine Rollout in Massachusetts

    Here’s where everyone stands in the Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine rollout plan.

  • vaccine January 27, 2021 2:24 pm

    When Will Mass. Open Vaccines to Everyone? April Still ‘Reasonable,' Official Says

    Although the Baker administration has described the vaccine rollout as “bumpy,” a senior Massachusetts Department of Public Health official said Wednesday that a target to make doses available to the general public starting in April is still in play. Kevin Cranston, DPH’s assistant commissioner and director of the department’s bureau of infectious diseases and laboratory sciences, said during a...

  • coronavirus September 30, 2020 3:42 pm

    What to Know About the Next Step in Massachusetts' Reopening

    Many Massachusetts towns and cities will be allowed to move to the next step of the state’s reopening plan next week, as Gov. Charlie Baker seeks to bolster the economy in lower-risk communities. Baker said Tuesday those communities would be able to move to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, increasing the number of…

  • coronavirus September 30, 2020 9:37 am

    Lower-Risk Mass. Communities to Move to Next Step of Re-Opening Plan Monday

    Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced that lower-risk communities in Massachusetts will be able to move to Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, effective Monday. The move comes as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to tick up in Massachusetts. But Baker, speaking at a news conference at the state house, appeared confident that further reopening is…

  • Massachusetts September 8, 2020 6:09 pm

    Somerville Cautiously Begins Phase 3 of Reopening

    The City of Somerville has told Phase 3 businesses to expect inspections and that any complaints from customers will be investigated.

  • Somerville September 9, 2020 12:27 am

    Somerville Is Cautiously Entering Phase 3 of Reopening. Here's What to Know

    Some businesses in Somerville, Massachusetts are opening their doors for the first time in some six months Tuesday, as the city cautiously enters Phase 3 of reopening weeks after the rest of the state. Businesses like martial arts studios, gyms, yoga and dance centers, as well as arts and music classes, are among those able to reopen in what city…

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