After Governor Baker provided an update on Monday on the timing of Massachusett’s reopening plan, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh told reporters that he was not completely comfortable with the state’s plan.
Yesterday, Mayor Walsh told the press that he’s going to “put the health and safety of Boston residents before any requirements of regulations.” Currently, in the plan, Boston offices will be allowed to open at 25% capacity, beginning June 1.
“I’m personally not comfortable with the 25% number, to be quite honest with you,” he said in regard to the Massachusett’s 25% capacity limit for nonessential offices.
However, many big Boston companies will be continuing to work from home for the foreseeable future. Organizations like State Street and Wayfair have stated that they will continue remote work through the summer, even before Mayor Walsh’s statements.
The plan for Boston’s reopening is already moving slower Governor Baker’s four-phased plan for the state, given the sheer size of the city and how many COVID-19 cases it has had. At this point, Mayor Walsh is attempting to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus, especially this fall.
“Every data trend also gives us a reason for caution,” Mayor Walsh said. In order to continue to trend positively, Mayor Walsh said that we all need to keep staying at home and working from home as much as possible, along with practicing physical social distancing.