Massachusetts moves into ‘safer at home advisory’ amid coronavirus pandemic

Phase 1 of reopening Massachusetts started on Monday

BOSTON, MA: May 15, 2020: Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a press conference at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Massachusetts.(Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

As Massachusetts enters Phase 1 of reopening its economy, the Bay State is also moving into a “safer at home advisory,” state officials said on Monday.

The transition from the stay at home advisory to the safer at home advisory comes as people will move around the state more for activities under Phase 1.

“Only leave home for health care, permitted work, shopping and outdoor activities,” the state’s safer at home advisory reads.

People should still not participate in close contact activities, such as pick-up sports games, according to state officials.

“Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family who are high risk for COVID-19,” the advisory reads.

Gatherings should not be larger than 10 people.

People should also not visit nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities or other residential care settings, according to the advisory.

Parents should limit play dates for children.

People over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions, who are at a high risk for coronavirus, should continue to stay home — except for essential errands such as going to the grocery store and to attend healthcare needs.

All residents are required to wear face masks when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public, and all residents are advised to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap.