Declaring that Covid-19 numbers in Massachusetts have been dropping dramatically in recent weeks, Gov. Baker and other state officials said restaurants and other retail establishments, as well as hotels, nail salons, day camps, playgrounds and outdoor pools, can also start re-opening.
All are subject to creation of Covid-19 response plans and rely on the public to continue covering their faces, practicing social distancing and washing their hands frequently, officials said.
Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy said that step 2 of this second phase of re-opening the state's economy will include more limited indoor dining at restaurants. Exactly when that happens will depend on how Covid-19 statistics do, he said.
Baker added that come Monday, hospitals, health-care centers and doctors can re-start preventative-health procedures, including colonoscopies. Cosmetic surgery, though, still not allowed.
Baker acknowledged a phased re-opening is a difficult process, but said that when coupled with continued testing and contact tracing, remains the best way to ensure we don't have to take a step back in August or September.
Baker added that people who can work remotely may still continue to do so.
More details on what can open.