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COVID-19 End of Week Update + Memorial Day & Eid al-Fitr 5/24/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors: This Memorial Day holiday weekend, we honor and remember our veterans who we lost in service and their families. We also celebrate the festival of Eid al-Fitr, as the fasting month of Ramadan comes to an end. As the Governor reminded us on Friday, please be careful and respect the virus. Do not be afraid to ask for help or to offer help -- we're all in this together. Warmly, Liz Malia MA State Representative, 11th Suffolk To read the Commonwealth’s Command Center daily updates: To subscribe to these updates: On Sunday evening 5/24, buildings, bridges, flags and parks will be i

COVID-19 Response: House Passes Bond Bill to Strengthen State’s IT Infrastructure

House Passes Bond Bill to Strengthen State’s IT Infrastructure Yesterday, I joined my colleagues in the MA House to pass legislation authorizing up to $1.7 billion in spending for the improvement of information technology equipment and related projects in Massachusetts. We voted for the IT financing package, which also contains key funding for food security, using remote voting procedures for the COVID-19 emergency. “This legislation began over a year ago as a vehicle to assist the Commonwealth with its IT infrastructure needs,” said Representative Danielle Gregoire, (D-Marlboro), House Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. “Since that time, our stat

Reopening Massachusetts In Phases

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Yesterday, Monday May 18 the Administration released the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details the Commonwealth's gradual four-phased approach for responsibly reopening businesses and activities, while continuing to fight COVID-19. Starting Monday, May 18 – based on current public health data and trends – Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance. The full announcement can be found here. Workplace Specific Information: Find out when your business can reopen here View guidance for specific industries here Learn about the Reopening Mandatory

COVID-19 End of Week Update 5/17/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, To help dispel any misunderstanding, the Commonwealth of MA is NOT REOPENING on Monday 5/18. Rather, the Governor will announce plans for how to safely and slowly re-open businesses. This will need to be done carefully and incrementally, with very strict guidelines and policies. To echo some of his comments this week, we’ve been shut down since 3/23 and it’s been hard. We have to be flexible and honest about our reopening approach and revisit our approach based on what the metrics tell us. Our ability to move forward and how successful we are depends on everyone and the role they play. To be clear, the state has *NOT* told any non-essential businesses (businesses

COVID-19 End of Week Update + Contact Tracing 5/10/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Happy Mother's Day and National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 10-16). ​​ I hope this finds you and yours healthy and in good spirits. As we continue to grieve those we've lost, our hearts remain full and grateful for what we once shared and what we have now. Two weeks ago, Governor Baker established the Reopening Advisory Board. This group is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. To submit comments to the board, click here to access the form. As we begin to hear of plans to reopen, we know the wisest public health path involves physical distancing and robu

Virtual Office Hours Pilot

Dear Neighbor, On Friday, May 8, 2020, I will be offering virtual office hours from 9AM-10:30 AM. Instead of doing this in-person at our local libraries like usual, meetings can be conducted via Zoom video conferencing or traditional phone call. Residents from the 11th Suffolk District -- check here: -- are welcome to sign up for a 15-minute slot to discuss their questions, concerns, or issues. Per usual, once we work out the kinks and start to do this on a more regular basis, I will share my office hours information with our local news outlets to reach audiences without regular access to email or a computer. If the slots fill up, or if you'd like to meet regarding une

COVID-19 End of Week Update + Face Covering Order 5/3/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors: I hope this finds you and those you love well on this first sunny weekend of May. Our hospitals have somewhat stabilized for now and our testing capacity has increased some, but we're not out of the thick of this yet, and we must continue to prevent the virus from spreading. On Friday, the Baker-Polito Administration ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on this coming Wednesday, May 6, and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use. Of course, I encourage yo

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