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August 7, 2020: Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Update: New Measures on Enforcing Public Health Orders

Following a careful review of public health data and working with health officials, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito made an announcement today regarding updates aimed at reducing further COVID transmission and maintaining the progress Massachusetts has made thus far.

The state is creating an interagency COVID-19 Enforcement and Intervention Team to provide coordinated, targeted interventions in high-risk areas and scale up statewide enforcement on the various measures in place to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The Enforcement and Intervention Team will consist of a number of state agencies.

Effective Tuesday, 8/11, the Baker-Polito Administration will also update the Executive Order on gatherings to reduce the cap on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50. The inside gathering limit will remain at 25 people. Please know, this will now apply to both public and private spaces.

The restaurant protocols will now require that alcohol can only be ordered at a restaurant if it is accompanied by food.

At this time, Step 2 of Phase 3 is postponed indefinitely.

Updates to Sector Specific Protocols will be posted online later today at

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