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COVID-19 reopening

This is a picture of Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Berkshire County cultural organizations are responding to news that Massachusetts is relaxing some COVID-19 restrictions in parts of the state.


     The hard-hit tourism industry in western Massachusetts is getting a $250,000 boost.


    Among the many non-profit organizations struggling financially because of the COVID-19-related shutdowns and restrictions is the Zoo at Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts.


   Like everything else, farmers’ markets have made changes for the sake of health and safety.

City of Springfield, Mayor's Office

     As the coronavirus rages out of control in parts of the country, destination venues in Massachusetts are welcoming visitors under Phase 3 of the state’s staged reopening plan.


Massachusetts has lifted a temporary order that had prohibited people from bringing reusable shopping bags to the grocery store.

An aerial photo of a building complex set on a wooded hillside
Douglas Mason / MASS MoCA

Three Berkshire County museums plan to reopen next weekend.

Springfield Health and Human Services Dept

   With closely watched health data about the coronavirus, including the percentage of positive cases and hospitalization rates, all trending in the right direction, Massachusetts took another step in reopening Monday. 


      A week into the second phase of gradual reopening and officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts say the health data continues in the right direction. 

As Massachusetts gradually reopens its economy, environmental activists are calling for a cleaner, more sustainable future.


  As Massachusetts starts the next major step in its gradual reopening, the number of new COVID-19 cases detected daily in Springfield remains on a downward trajectory.

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       The largest city in western Massachusetts is planning to personalize the grim statistics from the coronavirus pandemic. 

State lawmakers representing the Capital Region say it will be long way back for local businesses now that phase one of reopening has begun.


Plans for reopening businesses and public buildings in the largest city in western Massachusetts are taking shape. 

A brick building with a metal sculpture of a tree with hebrew letters in its boughs
Josh Landes / WAMC

As Massachusetts slowly begins to reopen, Berkshire County faith leaders are preparing for a new approach to congregational worship.

Store employees stand behind a low counter top in a room lit with purple light
Josh Landes / WAMC

As Massachusetts begins to follow Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, marijuana dispensaries in Berkshire County are returning to recreational sales for the first time in two months.

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     With Massachusetts now in the first phase of a four-phase reopening plan, Gov. Charlie Baker visited a plumbing products manufacturer today to highlight the new normal for workplace safety.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the Capital Region the go-ahead to begin reopening from coronavirus shutdowns Wednesday, a bit of news county leaders have been wishing for.

The Massachusetts State House
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How badly has the shutdown of the economy in Massachusetts hurt the state’s finances?

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has released a roadmap for the phased reopening of the Massachusetts economy starting today. Officials in the state’s third-largest city are getting ready to put regulations in place to implement the reopening plan. 

A color-coded map of New York's economic development regions

Officials from Warren and Washington Counties say the region merits a closer look after New York’s Capital Region experienced a setback for reopening. 

A framework has been announced for reopening the Massachusetts economy.

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A 17-member panel of business, health care, and municipal leaders has started working on recommendations for reopening the economy in Massachusetts.

A thermal image thermometer in use.

            With the surge in coronavirus hospitalizations apparently reaching a plateau in Massachusetts, planning has started for what comes next –the gradual lifting of restrictions that shut down large parts of the state’s economy and social life.