Prior to Thanksgiving, COVID-19 numbers from Massachusetts showed that the metrics were headed “in the right direction.” It’ll be some time before the holiday’s impact (which sees some of the most travel all year) is known, although Massachusetts saw an increase in both positive tests and deaths this week. Here’s a refresher on all the latest COVID-19 restriction updates in Massachusetts to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Mayor Marty Walsh has announced recently that he hopes to be able to reopen Boston’s public schools in Massachusetts in the new year, and says they should soon announce a plan for a safe reopening. He has also announced that he’s not planning any more COVID-19 restrictions, but did warn of clusters in religious houses of worship, especially as several major public holidays are fast approaching. These announcements come in light of a recent study from Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern that show the lax behaviors of Massachusetts’ residents have contributed directly to the second COVID-19 wave.
So where does that leave us all now, regarding COVID-19 restrictions? Vermont was recently added to quarantine travel restrictions, meaning travelers from the northern state must quarantine for two weeks. Hawaii is not the only state considered “low-risk” enough for quarantine-free travel into Massachusetts. You can read up more on quarantine travel restrictions here.
For the rest of the latest restrictions regarding masks, social distancing, and behavior in public places, read more here.