In an order issued in late April, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reiterated that farmers’ markets are considered an essential business, and just like grocery stores, should be permitted to open with precautions.
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.
While Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts is seeing a surge in coronavirus infections and federal health officials have characterized Boston as a worrisome hotspot in the pandemic, there are signs the worst might be over in western Massachusetts.
Several years ago, the Dakin Humane Society in western Massachusetts created a program to provide temporary shelter for pets belonging to people who were experiencing a crisis that forced them to leave their homes.