Today, the Governor announced a number of significant changes to protect the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In particular, the administration has identified instances in which large social gatherings have led to “hot spots” of transmission, and the updates below are designed to address these challenges and other priority issues that have been raised as numbers tick upward in recent weeks.

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As we move into August, many of our colleges and universities will prepare to welcome back some or all students on a limited basis. These returns have been planned to keep students and staff as safe as possible, while recognizing the importance of ensuring access to high-quality public and private higher education.

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Tomorrow (Saturday, August 1st), the statewide travel order goes into effect in Massachusetts. This travel order seeks to prevent interstate spread of COVID-19 by requiring common-sense safety measures of those traveling to the Commonwealth from states that are not considered low-risk by DPH-approved data.

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