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By adamg - 7/8/20 - 5:49 pm

COVID-19 Update: Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

WGBH reports Gov. Baker said today he's ordered ramped-up testing in eight communities that now have Covid-19 rates far higher than the statewide average. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 2:01 pm

The owner of Assembly Sports Club in Somerville yesterday sued Gov. Baker over the state's continued ban on health clubs, arguing the ban deprives it of its Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and besides, Baker's just wrong because, as everybody knows, fitness clubs are too "essential," or at least as essential as the big-box stores Baker let stay open, except that it's even worse than that because all businesses are essential in our free-enterprise system. Read more.

By adamg - 6/19/20 - 12:39 pm

COVID-19 Update: June 19, 2020

Boston Restaurant Talk reports on the restaurant part of Gov. Baker's press conference today.

By adamg - 6/6/20 - 1:31 pm

COVID-19 Update: June 6, 2020

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, day camps, playgrounds and outdoor pools, can also start re-opening. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 2:50 pm

At the end of his daily coronavirus press conference at the State House today, Gov. Baker said he was horrified by the video of George Floyd's death and shares people's outrage over it. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/29/20 - 2:39 pm

Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito today announced plans for letting restaurants and hotels re-open, but said exactly when that can happen will depend on Covid-19 numbers next week. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 10:44 pm

The Massachusetts Council of Churches is not real happy with Gov. Baker's decision to let churches re-open immediately, even with some limitations, despite evidence they have sometimes turned into breeding grounds for coronavirus. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 11:38 am

COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020

From the state report on re-opening.

Gov. Baker this morning announced the first phase of re-opening the state: Starting today, factories and construction sites can re-open - provided they take steps to protect workers, such as social distancing and liberal dispensing of masks and access to sinks for frequent hand washing.. Houses of worship can also re-open with more limited seating. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/20 - 9:03 am

You know which one. Watch.

By adamg - 5/17/20 - 10:49 pm

The Massachusetts Municipal Association has gotten a copy of at least some of Gov. Baker's planned orders for easing pandemic restrictions, which he will announce tomorrow at his daily press conference. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 2:00 pm

COVID-19 Update: May 11, 2020

Gov. Baker today announced a four-phase plan for re-opening the state's economy after May 18, although he cautioned that the plan could quickly change if Covid-19 spikes in particular areas or businesses. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/20 - 4:13 pm

A federal judge today issued a preliminary injunction that bars Gov. Baker from continuing to shut gun shops because, after all, come on, Charlie, Second Amendment. And that goes for you too, Maura. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/20 - 5:01 pm

The Herald reports Gov. Baker isn't going to let golfers cut to the head of the re-opening line, and some golfers are so mad they might go rogue and start golfing anyway.

By adamg - 5/4/20 - 1:41 pm

COVID-19 Update: May 4, 2020

At his daily press briefing today, Gov. Baker said western Massachusetts and the Cape are showing good, declining Covid-19 hospitalization rates, but that numbers continue to go up in Worcester and the Fall River/New Bedford area and remain flat in the Boston area. Read more.

By adamg - 5/1/20 - 2:31 pm

WBUR reports that Gov. Baker said today that Massachusetts residents over the age of 2 will have to don masks or other face coverings when they go into a public place starting May 6. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/20 - 1:09 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 30, 2020

At his daily press briefing today, Gov. Baker said the state contact-tracing effort is now nearing the 1,000 people it had hoped to hire and that one early statistic from calls shows the importance of social distancing: Officials had expected every person who tests positive for Covid-19 to provider the names of ten people they'd been in close contact with for followup calls, but the average is just 2. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/20 - 1:42 pm

WBZ reports Gov. Baker says any decision on reopening the state's links will have to wait for a recommendation from the new Reopening Advisory Board he announced yesterday. That board is scheduled to make its industry-by-industry recommendations by May 18 - based on a reduction in Covid-19 cases and hospitalization, which, the governor said today, we've yet to see.

By adamg - 4/28/20 - 12:26 pm

Gov. Baker announced today he's extending the ban on "non-essential" businesses and on public gatherings until at least May 18, when an advisory board he named today will deliver a report on how various types of businesses can re-open under the new normal. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/20 - 1:25 pm

WBUR reports. At his press briefing today, Gov. Baker said 56% of the state's Covid-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities for the elderly.

By adamg - 4/27/20 - 1:11 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 27, 2020

Gov. Baker said today he will announce a decision about whether to extend or amend the current state of emergency "later on this week." Read more.

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