Governor Charlie Baker's original date for the "reopening of Massachusetts" was set for Aug. 1; however, due to the recent announcement by the CDC which says that vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks indoors (in most situations) or outdoors, that date was moved up to May 29.

The governor said the progress of vaccinations here — 78 percent of adults have gotten at least one dose and more than 3.5 million people have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus — made it possible to repeal government restrictions and allow businesses to start getting back to normal operations.

Locally, the COVID-19 numbers mirror the states in terms of being low. Pittsfield is back to GREEN status.


The active case number of COVID-19 as of Thursday was only 7.


Vaccinations have slowly ramped up in the city and have now reached 60% for people with one dose.


According to the BMC information kiosk, the positivity rate sits at 0.7% as far as The Berkshires go as a whole, and BMC is only caring for 1 patient.



As of Saturday in Massachusetts, all industries will be permitted to open to 100 percent capacity, indoor and outdoor gathering limits will be rescinded and, with the exception of face-covering requirements for certain settings, all state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted.

As we transition back to normal, this can cause some anxiety because we have been under heavy restriction at times for more than a year now.

As Dr. Fauci said, this is certainly not an "unmask mandate", you can certainly mask up if you prefer. But we wanna know...

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