As you know, our efforts to respond to COVID-19 often require different policies and guidance from town to town, state to state, or even country to country as we look at where each community stands with respect to the trajectory of the pandemic and tailor our response to meet each community’s needs. In this spirit, I wanted to share some updates from around the state that were announced today, which may be valuable to you in your planning and travel, but also provide a snapshot of where we are as a Commonwealth.

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This evening, you may receive or may have already received a Wireless Emergency Alert via the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). This alert will be sent between 5 and 10pm today to all cell phones in areas around several persistently high-risk communities. Although our towns are not among those being notified, it is likely that residents in communities near Worcester and Framingham will receive alerts as well.

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Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us, and I have already begun to receive questions about anticipated planning for Thanksgiving celebration and travel. While I expect that the administration will provide more specific guidance in coming weeks, I did want to highlight some recent changes to our state’s travel order that may be of interest.

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