Massachusetts lawmaker worried new restrictions are “Too little, too late”

"We need to take capacity down significantly," said Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday. "Limit the amount of infection that typically takes place inside those organizations."

BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) — A Massachusetts lawmaker and doctor is upset with Governor Charlie Baker’s latest set of Covid-19 restrictions, that are set to go into effect Saturday.

Dr. Jon Santiago, a democratic state representative from Boston who also serves as an Emergency Room doctor at Boston Medical Center, is concerned that Governor waited too long to make a move.

“It’s too little, too late,” Santiago said.

This week, state testing sites have been flooded with people trying to get tested ahead of the holiday.

Santiago worries this could indicate that many residents are planning to travel for Christmas and could lead to an even higher surge in cases in early January.

“Moving forward what I’m going to see in the hospital — I predict I’m going to see more cases,” Dr. Santiago said.

The new restrictions go into effect on Saturday, and limit indoor gatherings to just 10 people, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 25.

Restaurants, businesses, and places of worship are limited to just 25% capacity.

“We need to take capacity down significantly,” said Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday. “Limit the amount of infection that typically takes place inside those organizations.”

Baker says the new restrictions will be in place for at least 2 weeks after Christmas.

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