Is Massachusetts Headed for Another Shutdown?

Empty roads are seen during the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak in Dorchester, Massachusetts on March 22, 2020. - Across the globe an estimated 900 million people are confined to their homes, according to an AFP tally. The majority are hemmed in by obligatory government lockdown orders while others are under curfew, in quarantine or following advice not to leave their homes. In the US more than a third of the population are adjusting to life in various phases of lockdown. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Even as the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrive in Massachusetts, the number of cases continues to skyrocket.

And with widespread vaccination still months away, health experts and doctors say it may not be long before a total shutdown of the state’s economy becomes necessary.

Gov. Charlie Baker has said all along that he will let the public health data guide his decisions on whether to roll back reopening any further. On Sunday, a series of new restrictions went into effect, including a statewide rollback to Phase 3, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan. New restrictions on restaurants and outdoor gatherings were also included in the latest round of COVID-19 regulations.

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