Wednesday, April 22, 2020

"in a way that actually works and makes sense and keeps people safe"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Gov. Charlie Baker hinted Tuesday that he plans to convene a group of public health, academic and business leaders to assemble a “thoughtful framework” for how Massachusetts might be able to resume more normal economic and social life once the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

At the same press conference in which he announced schools will stay closed through the end of the school year, Baker said he is more focused on the ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients than he is on making a decision about whether to extend restrictions on non-essential businesses beyond May 4. But he started his press conference by saying he wanted to address “what I think is on everybody’s mind, which is when does new normal get here?”

“Right now, the commonwealth is still in the surge ... the facts on the ground tell us that we need to stay strong, continue to socially distance and stay home. While we ask for your full cooperation to get this job done, please know that we’re working hard to think about a strategy to reopen the economy,” Baker said. “We’ll have much more to say about this in the days ahead as we pull together the best and brightest minds from our business and public health and academic communities to work together to put together a thoughtful framework that can work in Massachusetts.”

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Gov Baker Update on 4/21/20 =

Milford requires facial coverings in public

"Facial coverings are now a required accessory in Milford, according to an order issued Tuesday by the Board of Health.

″...the Coronavirus COVID-19 is a highly contagious and potentially fatal respiratory disease, the prevalence of which is increasing rapidly throughout the world, inclusive of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” part of the order reads.

People older than 5 years must “wear a mask, or some form of suitable covering over their nose and mouth” when entering a building open to the public, using public transportation, taxis, or ride shares, and while using outdoor self-service facilities, such as a gas station. The order also includes broader language requiring a facial covering when “engaged in any activity within a confined or enclosed facility where other members of the public are present or have routine access.”

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