Massachusetts Gov. Baker gives four-phase approach to reopening the state’s economy
BOSTON, Mass. (WLNE) – On Monday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a four-phase approach to reopening the state’s economy.
Baker’s administration says the goal of the phased reopening is based on public health guidance. It’s also used to allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume.
Here are the phases Baker and his administration have come up with:
- Start – “We’re looking at industries that are more naturally set up to have little face-to-face interactions and workplaces that are better able to manage face-to-face customer interactions with certain conditions.”
- Cautious – “We plan to have more industries with more face-to-face interactions resume operations, again with conditions.”
- Vigilant – “Where we can allow for loosening of some of the restrictions from the earlier phases if, in fact, the public health data continues to conform to the terms we’re all pursuing.”
- New Normal – “We all know life will be different but as the medical and life sciences communities make progress in developing treatments or vaccines, we can really begin to put this virus into the rear-view mirror.”
While Baker has repeatedly targeted Monday, May 18 as the date for starting the reopening process, he has also committed himself to a cautious approach. Each step forward will be contingent on continued progress against the virus.
He said his advisory committee’s report will be published Monday. That is expected to include additional details on the industries and businesses that may be included in each phase.
“None of that is going to happen overnight. We’ll continue to follow the metrics and public health metrics to determine when phase one’s start of reopening begins and when it is safe to move on to concurrent phases after that,” Baker said.
These plans could be derailed, the governor warned, if ongoing testing for the virus discovers that a particular industry is unexpectedly susceptible to the spread of the coronavirus or if evidence of community transmission emerges.