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By adamg - 8/19/21 - 1:26 pm

Gov. Baker today declared that all employees of "executive" state departments have to prove they've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or they could get fired. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/21 - 11:07 pm

Mamaleh's Delicatessen, which has outlets in Cambridge and Brookline, is not at all happy that Gov. Baker is leaving it up to local towns - and individual businesses - to figure out whether to require indoor mask wearing at a time when Covid-19 cases are on the rise and increasingly angry people are taking out their aggression on restaurant workers. Read more.

By adamg - 7/30/21 - 2:16 pm

With delta breakthrough cases on the rise, the state today released updated Covid-19 guidance that calls for anybody who might be at high risk for complication - or who lives or works with somebody who is - to start wearing masks in stores and other indoor places again. Read more.

By adamg - 7/6/21 - 3:34 pm

A man who sued Marty Walsh, Charlie Baker and William Evans because he couldn't find his way to the Parkman Bandstand for what turned out to be a tiny post-Charlottesville rantfest through the far larger throngs of protesters that surrounded the platform in 2017 had his First Amendment and conspiracy case tossed by a federal judge today. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/21 - 12:04 pm

WBUR reports the state will end its outdoor mask requirements starting April 30, "except for situations where it is not possible to maintain social distance and when required by business-specific guidelines." Indoor mask use will still be required, however. Various indoor and gathering limits will start to be relaxed over the coming month.

More details.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 12:18 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 14, 2021

Gov. Baker said Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials make up only a small percentage of doses being sent to Massachusetts, so yesterday's federal announcement of a halt in its use won't significantly delay vaccinations here. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/21 - 11:11 am

COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2021

Gov. Baker said today that the state will open its Covid-19 vaccination registration to everybody over 16 on April 19, which he noted for people who might otherwise have forgotten, is Patriots Day. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/21 - 6:06 pm

WBUR reports a senior Baker aide accused teachers of trying to push old people and people with serious underlying conditions out of the way in their mad dash to get vaccinated now that the state is going to force all schools to return to in-class learning and the governor isn't having it. Read more.

By adamg - 2/25/21 - 1:39 pm

COVID-19 Update: February 25, 2021

Gov. Baker today announced two phases of Covid-19 easing, that includes expanding restaurant capacity on March 1 and giving stadiums and arenas the ability to re-open, although not at full capacity, as Massachusetts Covid-19 numbers continue to fall. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/21 - 12:52 pm

COVID-19 Update: February 4, 2021

Gov. Baker announced today that on Monday, the state will increase the capacity of restaurants and other public-facing businesses from the current 25% to 40%. Read more.

By adamg - 1/21/21 - 3:12 pm

COVID-19 Update: January 21, 2021

WHDH reports Gov. Baker will lift the state's stay-at-home advisory on Monday because Covid-19 numbers are coming down. Also to be lifted: A 9:30 p.m. curfew for businesses such as restaurants.

The requirement that businesses restrict occupancy to 25% of their normal limits, however, will stay in place for another couple of weeks.

By adamg - 12/22/20 - 7:51 pm
Daily Massachusetts hospitalization numbers since April

Daily hospitalization numbers since April. Source.

Gov. Baker today announced new restrictions on indoor gatherings that limit occupancy for restaurants and other businesses and houses of worship to just 25% of their Before Time maximums, down from the 40% allowed previously. Read more.

By adamg - 12/18/20 - 1:28 pm

Gov. Baker said today Massachusetts had been expecting 59,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine next week but that the feds are now telling the state it will only get 42,900. Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/20 - 10:49 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that Gov. Baker has the power to order businesses shut and to limit the size of gatherings during a public-health emergency, such as the current Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 12/9/20 - 12:46 pm
Timeline of vaccine distribution

Gov. Baker today announced a phased approach to distribution of impending Covid-19 vaccine through next summer, starting this month with front-line hospital workers, followed by residents and workers at long-term care facilities, then first responders, people in prisons and homeless shelters, home-based health-care workers and, if there is enough vaccine left, health-care workers doing non-Covid-19 work. Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/20 - 1:21 pm

COVID-19 Update: December 7, 2020

Gov. Baker today announced that the state's hospitals will "curtail elective procedures that can be safely postponed," but that outpatient procedures that were also banned in March can continue. Read more.

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