Thursday, May 21, 2020

Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #20


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hi friends,

Wow - this is our 20th COVID-19 update email. I remember wondering, when we sent the first one back in March, just how many we would issue. Here we are at 20, and I suspect there will be many more. This is perhaps several marathons all in a row, and even with the summer months nearly here and all of us getting antsy, we must remain vigilant in our physical distancing, hand-washing, and other personal and public health measures.

There's been a lot of news this week about Massachusetts moving toward reopening. As your State Senator, my top priority is protecting your health and safety, and I do that by working to ensure any reopening strategy is governed by a data-driven approach that prioritizes public health. I am still reviewing the details of Governor Baker's initial reopening sketch. I remain concerned that we need more information and better guidelines for small businesses, workers, and childcare. 

I am also concerned that the outline released earlier this week does not do enough to ensure compliance with public health best practices. While the emergency power to make these reopening decisions rests with the Governor, I am working with my colleagues to fully assess the Governor's sketch and offer improvements, particularly in the childcare space. 

As a parent of youngsters myself, the lack of focus on ensuring adequate childcare for working families keeps me up at night. If you are a childcare provider, a parent of younger children, or otherwise have expertise in the area, please email me at with your thoughts and ideas.


As always, my team and I are here for you. Call us at 617-722-1555 or email me directly at and one of us will get back to you as quickly as we can. Please follow me on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates.

Wishing you and your families strength, health, and resilience.

Yours in service,

Senator Becca Rausch

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Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #20
Senator Rausch: COVID-19 Update #20

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