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Monday, 17 May 2021 21:12

Massachusetts to Lift COVID Restrictions May 29, State to Meet Vaccination Goal by Beginning of June

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The Baker-Polito Administration announced May 17 that Massachusetts is on track to meet the goal of vaccinating 4.1 million residents by the first week of June, and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.

The Commonwealth’s face covering order will also be rescinded on May 29. The Department of Public Health will issue a new face covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.

 

Face coverings will still be mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems---including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations---in health care facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

 

Gov. Charlie Baker will end the State of Emergency on June 15. 

 

The administration also announced updates that will be effective May 18 to revise face covering requirements for youth and amateur sports and other guidance relating to childcare programs and K-12 schools. The administration will release updated guidance for summer camps effective May 29. 

 

The administration is able to take these steps to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy because Massachusetts is on track to meet the goal set in December to fully vaccinate more than 4 million individuals by the first week of June.

 

The Commonwealth leads the nation in vaccinating residents, with 75% of adults receiving at least one dose. To date, more than 4 million residents have received a first dose, with 3.2 million fully vaccinated.

 

New cases have dropped by 89% since Jan. 8. COVID hospitalizations are down 88% since Jan. 1 and the positive test rate is...


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