Breaking News: Massachusetts Moving Back a Step in Phase 3



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Governor Baker has announced that beginning Sunday, December 13, the state will take a step back in hopes of stemming the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

In his press conference Tuesday, Baker said the move back to Step 1 of Phase 3 of his reopening plan is designed to get us back on track.

“We’ve let down our guard and we have work to do,” he said. “If we do nothing and stay on the track we are on now, we will create capacity problems for our health care system by the end of the calendar year,” Baker noted.

As such, indoor performance venues and high-contact recreational businesses will once again have to close, while businesses permitted to stay open will be reduced to 40% capacity.

According to Baker, the decision was made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, promote more social distancing, and reduce mobility. “Everybody has the ability to stop the spread,” he said.
To view the full updated guidance and press release, please click here.
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.
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