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MassDOT_LogoMassDOT is urging the public to stay home Memorial Day Weekend to comply with the Reopening Advisory Board’s “Safer-at-Home-Advisory.”  The Advisory states, in part: all residents should leave home only for healthcare, worship and permitted work, shopping and outdoor activities; people over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health conditions, (who are at high risk for COVID-19), should continue to stay home except for essential errands; and individuals should not participate in close contact activities, are required to cover their faces when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public, not gather in groups of more than 10 people, and continue to be “vigilant, monitor for symptoms, and stay home if you feel sick.”

“Our message to people is, ‘Don’t rush out,’” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.  “Don’t travel if you don’t have to.  There is a Safer-at-Home-Advisory in place during this first phase of the state reopening and we don’t want travel – not on the roads, and not on the MBTA.”

“We are encouraging individuals to continue to limit their travel to help ensure their health and safety,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “If you do need to travel, drive responsibly by not exceeding the speed limit, limit distractions, and be mindful of other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.”

The “Reopening of Massachusetts Report,” released on May 18, provides updated guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, lists those types of businesses permitted to reopen and under what protocols, and provides information about a four-phased state reopening plan which is only just beginning.

Due to Monday, May 25, being the Memorial Day holiday, all Commonwealth offices are closed, including Registry of Motor Vehicles customer service locations.  More than 40 transactions can be done online: www.mass.gov/RMV.  In addition, residents who are members of AAA, can make an appointment at a AAA location for some Registry transactions.

Meanwhile, the MBTA has released the following information:

  • On Monday, May 25, all subway and commuter rail lines, buses, and trackless trolley will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • All ferry service remains suspended until further notice.
  • The RIDE trips must be booked 1-3 days in advance.
  • The CharlieCard store at Downtown Crossing in Boston remains closed until further notice.
  • In compliance with the Executive Order that went into effect on May 6, MBTA customers are reminded that face coverings must be worn while onboard MBTA vehicles and within stations.
  • For full details regarding MBTA service, please visit: http://www.mbta.com/coronavirus.

The following additional traffic management measures and accommodations will be in place for the holiday weekend:

  • The Sumner Tunnel swing lane will be deployed to aid with Blue Line bus shuttles and will be open throughout the holiday period beginning at 12 p.m., Friday, May 22, until 5 a.m., Tuesday, May 26.
  • There are no plans to deploy the Boston-Quincy High Occupancy (HOV) lane as deployment was suspended when the State of Emergency was declared in Massachusetts.
  • Service plazas along major highways, including I-90, will be open for fuel, take-out food only, and for rest room access.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation underscores that the public should continue to limit travel to keep everyone safe and healthy, including essential employees performing work at job sites and members of the medical community who are still treating COVID-19 patients.  For more information, please visit www.mass.gov/news/Safer-at-Home-Advisory and www.mass.gov/coronavirus

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