Republican Governor Pauses Reopening

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced Friday he would pause some reopening measures and reimpose some COVID-19 pandemic restrictions amid an uptick in cases.

Outdoor gatherings in the state must be limited from the previous maximum of 100 people down to 50, with Baker adding that bars in Massachusetts must remain closed, the Boston Globe reported.

“Bars masquerading as restaurants also need to be closed,” he said, adding that he would establish a COVID-19 enforcement and intervention team to ensure residents are following pandemic measures in high-risk areas.

Baker said the government would postpone indefinitely step two of the current phase three reopening plan, as Heath and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders warned, “We have seen an uptick over the last few weeks.”

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