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At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Charles D. Baker announced that effective May 29, 2021, all industry specific standards related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted. Additionally, the Governor announced that all remaining industries will be allowed to re-open and the mask mandate would be lifted. The mask mandate will instead be replaced with an advisory in line with CDC guidance that all non-vaccinated people should continue to wear a face covering in public settings. Face coverings will still be required on public transit, in schools, and in health care settings.

Additionally, Governor Baker announced that the current state of emergency would expire on June 15th and that the Commonwealth will meets its vaccination goal by June. Learn more about the Commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting