MassDOT is urging the public to stay home Memorial Day Weekend to comply with the Reopening Advisory Board’s “Safer-at-Home-Advisory.” The Advisory states, in part: all residents should leave home only for healthcare, worship and permitted work, shopping and outdoor activities; people over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health conditions, (who are at high risk for COVID-19), should continue to stay home except for essential errands; and individuals should not participate in close contact activities, are required to cover their faces when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public, not gather in groups of more than 10 people, and continue to be “vigilant, monitor for symptoms, and stay home if you feel sick.”
“Our message to people is, ‘Don’t rush out,’” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Don’t travel if you don’t have to. There is a Safer-at-Home-Advisory in place during this first phase of the state reopening and we don’t want travel – not on the roads, and not on the MBTA.”
“We are encouraging individuals to continue to limit their travel to help ensure their health and safety,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “If you do need to travel, drive responsibly by not exceeding the speed limit, limit distractions, and be mindful of other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.”
The “Reopening of Massachusetts Report,” released on May 18, provides updated guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, lists those types of businesses permitted to reopen and under what protocols, and provides information about a four-phased state reopening plan which is only just beginning.
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