Charlie Baker and Kim Janey Press Conference – NBC Boston
Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Kim Janey are scheduled to hold a press conference Friday to encourage people to dine out as Massachusetts continues to emerge from its long coronavirus shutdown.
Baker, Janey, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy are all expected to attend the 2 p.m. event at MIDA, an Italian restaurant in Boston’s South End.
They are expected to discuss the state’s “Let’s Go Out” marketing campaign, an effort to raise awareness of support for local restaurants across the state. The $ 1.9 million campaign was launched to coincide with the lifting of public health restrictions and is expected to run through September.
Restaurant sales in Massachusetts have risen sharply since early April and have surpassed comparable 2019 levels before Massachusetts even lifted the majority of its COVID-19 restrictions, the Federal Reserve Bank said this week.
Massachusetts officially reopened on May 29, lifting all its COVID-19 restrictions and revoking its pandemic mask order. Instead of the mask warrant, the state issued a new mask notice in accordance with CDC guidelines. This means that if you are fully vaccinated you do not have to wear a mask inside or outside in most cases.
All industries are now allowed to open at 100% capacity, indoor and outdoor assembly limits have been lifted, and all other state-imposed restrictions have been lifted.
Sullivan’s Tap, an iconic bar near TD Garden, reopens on Sunday after being closed for 16 months.
The number of COVID-19 cases is now at an all time high since the summer of 2020, and the percentage of fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents is steadily increasing.
But even as officials express optimism about the current state of the pandemic in the Commonwealth, state and local officials are looking to focus on residents who are still reluctant to get stung with one of the many vaccines available to the public.
As of Thursday, nearly 3.7 million people in Massachusetts were fully vaccinated. And as the state moves away from mass vaccination sites – officials announced Thursday that the seven sites will both close by mid-July – the state said Massachusetts is now taking a more targeted.
“I think this phase of vaccine distribution is hyper focused, hyper local, a field game,” Health and Social Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said in a virtual forum. “Think of it almost like a political campaign, but instead of political canvassing, we are doing vaccine canvassing.”
And when looking at the percentage of eligible individuals with at least one dose of vaccine or fully vaccinated by county, there are disparities across the state. Hampden and Bristol counties remain below 50% in each of the two categories.
Sudders said she categorizes people who have not received a vaccine in Massachusetts into two groups: those who are “really hesitant” and those who are not planning to get the vaccine at all, or whatever they have. described as “vaccination delayers”.
“There are people who no longer feel this kind of urgency, and we have to help them feel urgent,” she said. “These laggards are the majority of the unvaccinated and this is where we see some of our greatest opportunities.”