BOSTON – Though he acknowledged it as “one of the worst and most awful things we’ve been through,” Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday said there’s at least one thing that he is interested in seeing continue even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
“I think the most interesting thing about this will be how much of the sort of remote stuff ends up being a function of the way people just choose to work going forward, especially around travel,” the governor said during a meeting of the Governor’s Council, which was held remotely and streamed live on YouTube. “I think it’s going to be a really big deal over time and I think it makes it possible for people to engage with each other in a way I’m not sure people thought they could prior to the pandemic.”
Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said they thought the hybrid in-person/remote hearings for Supreme Judicial Court nominees this fall went smoothly, and Polito talked about what might stick around after the pandemic and what other things people might want to retire.
Despite his interest in remote meeting technology and its post-pandemic uses, Baker spoke Wednesday about the pandemic in more casual terms than he typically does during his press conferences.
“But overall, I think the pandemic is a nightmare, just one of the worst and most awful things we’ve been through, Jesus,” he said. “I’ll be very glad when everybody’s vaccinated.”