"After spending the last few days hearing from groups representing more than a million workers, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Monday cautioned against viewing May 18 as a “magical date” on which the state’s businesses will fully bounce back into operation following weeks of mandated closures.
Instead, she said, that’s the day the advisory board she co-chairs with Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy is set to issue plans for a “phased-in reopening” designed to safely build up to full capacity.
“It doesn’t mean that the economy across our commonwealth will just reopen,” she said. “It’s just not possible. As everybody knows, safety’s first, employers are engaged, and it’s of paramount importance that we make sure that that the workforce is safer, that people who do business with these employers are safe in their transactions, and that we continue to move forward and not have a reverse effect as we reopen in that safe manner throughout our commonwealth.”
The Baker administration’s original stay-at-home advisory and business closure order were set to expire on Monday, but last week Baker pushed back the end date another two weeks until May 18, at the same time announcing the formation of the advisory board and giving it a May 18 deadline to put forward recommendations."
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Watch the full update from Gov Baker and Lt Gov Politio's on Monday May 4 - https://youtu.be/FbwSV7eA258