On May 18th, the Reopening Advisory Board released a four-phased approach to reopening, with each phase lasting a minimum of three weeks. This week, the Governor announced the start of Phase 1 of that plan and issued a “safer at home” advisory.
First, I want to clear up some misunderstanding and questions that my colleagues and I have been hearing from a variety of sources about Gov. Baker's plan to reopen. There will not be a full-scale reopening on Monday, May 18th. Instead, on that date the Reopening Advisory Board will submit its full report about reopening the economy.
I hope everyone is staying positive while at home and practicing physical distancing. The great news is that our collective efforts are working: the average person who tests positive for Covid-19 only has two close contacts that need to be followed up with.
Happy May 1st, everyone! It feels like April has flown by, and we have quickly arrived at May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a time for us to refocus on our mental health and wellbeing. This is especially important during the current coronavirus pandemic; a time when we can feel lonely, depressed, worried, and stressed in addition to many other feelings people are experiencing.
If ever there was a week for our resolve to begin to weaken, this was that week. Against the advice of public health officials and medical experts, governors in several states took the illogical decision to open their states. We can only hope that this will not lead to an increase in Covid-19 diagnoses, particularly in children, in those areas.
As we continue to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, I want to give you an update on the current situation and actions we've taken in government, as well as resources that are available to support residents and our community.
Together, our collective efforts will help protect our public health. Please continue to practice physical distancing and follow the Commonwealth's stay at home advisory for residents and temporary closure of non-essential businesses.
I want to check in with updates on a few things. First and foremost, I hope you are coping during these very difficult and extraordinary times. Be sure to be gentle with yourself and as possible, continue to do the things that bring you comfort. I know so many of us are making sacrifices during this time. We are ALL in this together and we will get through it.
I wanted to check in with an update on a few things. First, I hope you are healthy,
and weathering this “new normal”. I feel as though the new normal is coming into
focus and that a routine for the next few weeks will fall into place for all of us.
Today: Gov. Baker has directed the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue a
stay-at-home advisory that will be in effect until at least Tuesday, April 7th. All
non-essential businesses are required to operate remotely effective Tuesday at
Recently, Massachusetts declared a state of emergency over the ongoing
COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.