BOSTON (WWLP) – For about a month, millions of people across Massachusetts have been working from home, if at all, and companies have struggled to find ways to stay in business and connected to consumers.
Some states as close as Vermont have already begun to take steps towards restarting economic and social activity. However, Governor Baker’s focus is on the recent surge in the amount of cases in our state.
According to Baker we are still in a surge of COVID-19 cases. Last week, Massachusetts joined a partnership of northeast states to develop a regional strategy to reopen the economy.
Though the states may be in different stages they are all analyzing the same metrics when deciding their economy’s future. Baker said he has spoken regularly with each governor in New England to where each state stands in terms of cases.
People in different places…you would expect them to think different about what their next move looks like. I just want to make sure we know what their next move is and they know what we’re up to so we don’t surprise each other.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Congressman Richard Neal said any guidance to reopen our economy should be lead by science.
We all agree that it has to be staggered in order to evolve. We know people are eager to get back to work it just has to be done safely.Congressman Richard Neal
White House guidance recommended states could resume to greater levels of economic activity after documenting 14 days of declining case counts.
Tuesday was the fifth straight day that Massachusetts reported fewer new cases than the day before.