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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker hopes to have some businesses reopen on May 18

via WCVB

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the goal is to begin opening some businesses in the Commonwealth in less than two weeks.

Baker said the target is contingent on what more testing shows about the coronavirus outbreak and whether the surge in cases continues to decrease.

"Our goal, starting on May 18, is to begin reopening certain types of businesses in a limited fashion, where it can be done more safely than under normal operations. But this phased-in process can't begin until we see sustained downward trends in many of the data elements that we talk about every day."

The state has seen a downward trend in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

A statewide order signed by Baker mandating the use of masks or facial coverings while in public when social distancing isn't possible went into effect Wednesday.

Massachusetts has recorded the fourth most COVID-19 deaths of any state.

Gov. Baker said Tuesday that Massachusetts is seeing coronavirus numbers heading in the right direction even as the state's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 70,000.


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