Saturday, May 1, 2021

Senator Rausch: MA Reopening Update, Youth Legislative Forum

Senator Rausch State House Briefing  

Part 2, Chapter 7 (April 30, 2021) 

Dear friends,   

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Spring weather! As you may know, earlier this week the Governor announced updates to the Commonwealth’s reopening guidelines. Here are some key dates in the Governor's plan: 

TODAY, April 30: People are no longer required to wear masks while outdoors in most public spaces as long as they can physically distance from others. 
Monday, May 10: Amusement and water parks can open at 50% capacity. Road races and other organized athletic events are allowed with staggered starts, as long as event coordinators submit public safety plans to local boards of health. Large venues like indoor and outdoor stadiums can increase capacity to 25%. 
Monday, May 17: All high schoolers must return to in-person learning, as per Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines. 

Saturday, May 29: Gathering limits will increase to 200 indoors and 250 outdoors. Wineries, breweries, and bars can open, regardless of food service, and street festivals and parades will be allowed at 50% capacity.  

Sunday, August 1: All other businesses can fully reopen with no limits on capacity. This includes night clubs, indoor water parks, and ball pits.  

While I am hopeful that the end of this pandemic is in sight, we must heed the advice of public health experts for a safe reopening. This means achieving robust vaccine acceptance throughout the state, affordable and accessible COVID-19 testing, mask-wearing compliance when near other people or indoors, and data-informed modifications to this reopening plan as necessary to avoid another surge and keep our COVID numbers moving downward. Safeguarding our communities and protecting our public health must remain the top priority until we achieve widespread herd immunity and fully beat COVID-19. 
If you haven't already, make sure to sign up for your COVID-19 vaccine! Thanks to President Biden, anyone age 16+ who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts is eligible. For more information, visit

As always, if you or any of your loved ones in my district have fallen on hard times during this pandemicplease do not hesitate to reach out to my office via phone (617-722-1555) or email ( We are here to help. You can also find robust resources to help you navigate through COVID-19 on my website.    

Yours in service,  

Senator Rausch
Senator Becca Rausch   

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