Gov. Baker issues order rescinding COVID-19 restrictions Saturday

Massachusetts News

BOSTON (WWLP) – Elected officials on Beacon Hill continue to point blame over the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

Governor Baker rescinded several of his executive orders today after a very long 15 months. Starting Saturday, May 29, businesses in Massachusetts will once again be able to operate at 100 percent capacity.

Limits gatherings both public and private will also be removed.

But, that’s not all. Baker is also lifting the Commonwealth’s mask mandate, however, he did remind residents that face coverings may still be required in certain public settings.

“Face coverings will still be required on public and private transportation systems and facilities that house vulnerable populations like congregate care settings,” Baker said.

The Governor is urging all residents to get vaccinated if they haven’t done so yet. The Commonwealth has more than 900 vaccination sites which are located in all corners of the state.

If residents are not vaccinated they are asked to continue to maintain social distancing and wear their mask when they are around others.

Earlier this week, Gov. Baker filed legislation to extend certain emergency measures currently in place via executive orders that are set to expire on June 15 with the end of the State of Emergency.

The bill would extend measures providing for a temporary suspension of certain open meeting law requirements, special permits for expanded outside dining at restaurants, and surprise billing protections for COVID-19 patients.

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