PRIDE Month is winding down, but the Fourth of July is almost here! Let's enjoy the glory of summer while being mindful of precautions still in place for COVID-19, including wearing masks in certain locations (like hospitals and public transportation) and continuing to work or meet remotely in many instances. My office hours will continue remotely; every first Friday of the month, 10-11am (including this Friday), or third Tuesday at 5-6pm. Sign up for office hours online at this link.
June has been a busy month so far! I want to congratulate all of the students who graduated from Andover High School, North Andover High School, Tewksbury Memorial High School, Masconomet Regional High School, Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Essex Technical High School, Phillips Andover, Brooks School, and all of the other local schools. The Class of 2021 was forged in fire these past two years; you have proven that you can overcome obstacles and succeed.
Starting tomorrow, May 29th, people who are fully vaccinated can resume most activities without face coverings. All industry COVID-19 restrictions and capacity limits will be lifted. Face coverings are still required for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in the following settings: public and private transportation, including rideshares; transportation hubs like train stations and airports; inside K-12 public schools and childcare programs; inside health care facilities including nursing homes, rest homes, hospitals, urgent care, behavioral health clinics; congregate care settings; and health and rehabilitative day services.
May has been a month of big changes in the weather, in the State House, and in the COVID-19 pandemic -- all of them hopeful. That’s why we are switching back to our Tram’s Take newsletter instead of the COVID-focused newsletters of the past year. We will still have all of the COVID information you need. But there is a lot more happening at the State House as we, like the rest of the Commonwealth, get back to business.