August 2020 Update: State's Reopening Phase 3, Step 2 Postponed Indefinitely

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this finds you and those you love well and staying healthy.

In the legislature, we had a VERY busy second half of July with much deliberation on many important items. In short time, we passed significant proposals and both chambers voted to extend our formal sessions, meaning we're "on call" over the next five months to reconvene. When we do, we'll be taking enacting votes (up or down on the entire package) on five anticipated conference committee reports relative to compromise legislation concerning climate change, policing reforms, telehealth, transportation and economic development bonding, as well as on the state's FY21 operating budget when the time comes.

On Friday 8/7 Governor Baker announced due to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases, step two of phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan is postponed indefinitely. There's also an updated gatherings order that goes into effect on Tuesday 8/11.

The updated order:

1. reduces limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit remains 25) 2. applies to all types of gatherings on public and private property

3. requires face coverings where more than 10 people