BOSTON (CBS) — Phase 3 of the Massachusetts reopening plan begins Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. But even though coronavirus numbers here are trending in the right direction, it could be a long time before the state enters Phase 4 and allows bars, nightclubs, amusement parks and other large capacity venues to reopen.
“Phase 4 is therapeutics or a vaccine,” Baker reiterated Thursday. When asked by a reporter if there was any chance that some of those businesses could reopen early, the governor simply replied “no.”READ MORE: State Health Officials Looking To Increase Vaccinations In Kids Ahead Of School Reopening
Texas and Florida have ordered reopened bars to shut down again after seeing a surge of coronavirus cases. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel this week that congregating inside at bars is “bad news.”Family Of Woman Killed In Weymouth Hit-And-Run Wants 'Closure And Justice'
“The primary driver of much of the significant increase in positive tests in a number of states has been the reopening of bars and nightclubs, and obviously bars and nightclubs are sitting in Phase 4 under our guidance, and there is a reason for that,” Baker said. “As difficult as it is for the people who operate and work in those institutions, we could not figure out a way to do that safely. And I think some of the indicators we’ve gotten from other states that moved forward with those is that they couldn’t figure that part out either.”
A coronavirus treatment needs to “enable resumption of a new normal” in order to trigger Phase 4, according to the state. Dr. Fauci said there’s “no guarantee” that there will be a safe and effective vaccine soon, but he’s hopeful that vaccine doses will be available by the beginning of 2021.MORE NEWS: Harvard Professor Launches New Search For Extraterrestrial Life