Gov. Baker to give first COVID-19 update since start of latest restrictions

Gov. Baker to give first COVID-19 update since start of latest restrictions

Updated: 12:23 PM EST Dec 30, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to provide an update on the state’s COVID-19 response for the first time since new restrictions took effect in Massachusetts.He is scheduled to speak at noon, along with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. WATCH LIVE IN THE VIDEO PLAYER AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.As of Saturday, businesses — including retail and restaurants — were required to reduce capacity from 40% to 25%, and gathering limits were set at a maximum of 25 people outdoors or 10 indoors.That level of limitation is expected to remain in place for two weeks. Also this week, the state is scheduled to begin accepting applications for $668 million in grants from a small business relief program. The new program promises grants of up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for employee wage and benefits costs, space-related costs, and debt service obligations.The application period is set to open Thursday and remain open through Jan. 15.

Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to provide an update on the state’s COVID-19 response for the first time since new restrictions took effect in Massachusetts.

He is scheduled to speak at noon, along with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. WATCH LIVE IN THE VIDEO PLAYER AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE.

As of Saturday, businesses — including retail and restaurants — were required to reduce capacity from 40% to 25%, and gathering limits were set at a maximum of 25 people outdoors or 10 indoors.

That level of limitation is expected to remain in place for two weeks.

Also this week, the state is scheduled to begin accepting applications for $668 million in grants from a small business relief program. The new program promises grants of up to $75,000, but not more than three months’ operating expenses, to be used for employee wage and benefits costs, space-related costs, and debt service obligations.

The application period is set to open Thursday and remain open through Jan. 15.

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