COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts ending but will cities follow?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Going without a mask and COVID-19 restrictions will depend on where you live or where you’re visiting. However, most cities and towns agree with Governor Charlie Baker’s new guidelines.

Massachusetts is lifting the remaining COVID-19 restrictions Memorial Day weekend but it’s up to individual cities and towns to decide whether masks should still be worn and how many restrictions will be lifted. Going without a mask and lifting restrictions will depend on where you live or where you’re visiting, but most cities and towns agree with Governor Charlie Baker.

Holyoke planned on lifting most restrictions by June 1st, so Governor Baker’s announcement is right on schedule with the city. However, Acting Mayor Terry Murphy is still considering which restrictions may need to stay in place.

“We are looking and making sure that as we open services, we are not creating crowded offices. So we are asking our departments to give us an idea of how many can safely fit with some kind of spacing, if we can’t do the spacing than we will have to look at masks,” said Acting Mayor Murphy.

Governor Charlie Baker first advised residents to wear a face covering in public when social distancing was not possible on April 10 of last year, 10 days ahead of what public officials officials expected to be the peak of the initial COVID-19 surge. The advisory became a mandate on May 1, 2020.

The City of Springfield is planning to lift most of its restrictions. 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 over 4 million individuals by the first week of June.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told 22News, “Once vaccinated, we can truly get rid of these masks and move forward 110 percent. I thought it was great news but we want to make sure we do this in a systematic approach.”

Boston is following Governor Baker’s announcement, all restrictions there will be lifted next weekend.

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