MAY 19: A day after Gov. Charlie Baker released his administration's economic reopening plan and issued a new "safer at home" advisory, most workers remained at home and public life has not widely restarted.

The state's death toll from COVID-19 stood at 5,862 as of Monday evening, with 87,052 confirmed cases of the respiratory disease.

With houses of worship among the sliver of entities allowed to restart operations this week, the Archdiocese of Boston has said that parishes can resume Mass as early as Saturday if they can comply with strict new safety guidelines, though they may need more time to prepare. Across many other sectors, workers and employers alike are still reviewing the plan, or awaiting additional details.

Lawmakers at both the state and federal level also have their eye on the plan -- Senate President Karen Spilka said senators are on the lookout for any potential gaps, while U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley said the state isn't ready to reopen and urged Baker to rethink his timeline.

In a departure from what's become the typical weekday pattern over the course of the last two months, Baker does not plan to deliver a televised update on the state's fight against the coronavirus, a move his office said was a function of the governor's schedule for Tuesday and not a broader shift away from the daily briefings.

Neither branch of the Legislature is meeting Tuesday, though senators are holding private caucus calls. Meanwhile, in a pair of Senate districts, special elections, polls are open with public health precautions in place to elect the successors to former Sens. Donald Humason and Viriato deMacedo.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh plans a 12:30 press conference on COVID-19 outside of City Hall. The MBTA's advisory board, whose members are concerned about potential overspending amid pandemic-driven drops in revenue, is meeting via video conference. - Katie Lannan

Pressley: State "Isn't Ready" for Phased Reopening: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley called on Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider the phased reopening plan his administration rolled out Monday, writing on Twitter that the state "isn't ready to 'reopen'" and criticizing the view that public health needs and economic recovery are competing interests. "Yesterday’s announcement left us with more questions than answers and I have been on the phone with families worried about childcare, faith leaders concerned it is not safe to gather, and small businesses worried about their workers’ health & access to PPE," Pressley, a freshman Democrat, said in a Tuesday morning tweet. The first phase of the gradual revival of public life began Monday, but non-emergency child care facilities will remain closed until at least the second phase. Businesses will need to abide by mandatory safety requirements, including face-coverings for every employee. - Chris Lisinski 11:58 AM

Some Cannabis Activity to Resume Immediately: Marijuana companies that have been closed for almost two months were given the go-ahead Monday night to immediately resume cultivation, product manufacturing, transportation and testing operations. The Cannabis Control Commission issued a final revised cease and desist order aligning its stance with Gov. Charlie Baker's reopening plan, which allows non-medical marijuana sales to resume Monday for curbside pickup only. When Baker shut down the non-medical marijuana industry, companies were limited to maintenance of crops and had been allowed to transfer some of their cannabis to the medical side of the industry, which saw a surge in new patient registrations. The CCC's latest order allows non-medical operators to resume activities other than retail sales effective immediately and essentially tells licensed marijuana companies to otherwise follow the governor's reopening plan. -- Colin A. Young 11:34 AM

Baker Plans No Presser Tuesday: A day after the administration rolled out a massive economic reopening plan for Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker does not plan to have a daily press conference on Tuesday, according to his office. Baker has eased off holding Saturday and Sunday press conferences to provide updates on the state's coronavirus response efforts, but has stuck to the schedule of daily updates from the State House or on the road during the week throughout the emergency. A spokeswoman said the decision was a function of the governor's schedule, and not a sign that Baker intended to back away from offering regular updates as the state begins to reopen businesses. "We will be back," texted spokeswoman Elizabeth Guyton. -- Matt Murphy 11:32 AM

Spilka on Reopening Plan: State senators reviewing the four-phase economic reopening plan Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled on Monday and looking at "where we need to fill in the gaps," Senate President Karen Spilka said. In the weekly video update she records with her dog Lincoln, Spilka said she and the other senators will be taking a detailed look at every aspect of the plan "because when it comes to reopening, it should be done safely and equitably." "I'm glad that the initial plan addresses some of the infrastructure that allows people to get to work, some aspects of transportation and child care, which we must continue to focus on," she said. "I believe that families need more concrete guidelines on child care and camp, potential camp for these coming summer months." - Katie Lannan 10:56 AM

Bill Calls for Rent Hike Freezes: The Housing Committee on Thursday plans to accept written testimony on a Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa bill that would authorize state- and city- level freezes on rent increases during the COVID-19 state of emergency and for 30 days after state and federal emergency declarations are lifted. Sabadosa's bill (H 4718) would temporarily suspend the sections of state law prohibiting rent control. "The Department of Housing and Community Development shall be empowered to issue, maintain, and enforce a rent freeze and/or rent control within the Commonwealth for the duration and 30 days following the COVID-19 state and federal state of emergency declarations of March, 2020," the bill says. It continues, "A city or town may enact, maintain, or enforce rent freezes and/or rent control for the duration and 30 days following the COVID-19 state and federal state of emergency declarations of March, 2020." The bill has 29 co-sponsors, including two Republicans -- Rep. Elizabeth Poirier and Sen. Patrick O'Connor. The Housing Committee is accepting testimony by email to Kelly.Mallon@mahouse.gov. - Katie Lannan 10:30 AM

Worcester Field Hospital Coming Offline: The city of Worcester expects that the field hospital established to treat COVID-19 patients at the DCU Center will be decommissioned by the middle of this week. City Manager Edward Augustus said during his Monday afternoon COVID-19 update that the field hospital setup at the arena and convention center to treat patients who were not sick enough to be hospitalized cared for nine patients Monday, down from 12 on Sunday. "The goal will be some time this week, probably the middle of this week, to take the DCU facility offline. Another positive sign as we move forward," Augustus, a former state senator, said. The 250-bed medical facility to treat patients with lower acuity of symptoms was the state's first field hospital and was a key part of the surge planning conducted with hospitals to ensure the health care system would not be overwhelmed. UMass Medical Center oversees the day-to-day operations of the facility and said the facility will not be dismantled and could be reactivated if needed. -- Colin A. Young 9:55 AM

Crisis Pay for 300 in Lynn: Health care workers in Lynn are celebrating a crisis pay agreement that will boost hourly wages by between $3 and $12. The agreement between Lynn Community Health Center and workers with 1199SEIU will run through the public health emergency and covers medical assistants, registered nurses, clerical staff, screeners, and nurse practitioners, according to the union, which announced the accord last week and said it would affect about 300 workers. "This is a real victory for frontline caregivers who go above and beyond to deliver high-quality care even as they brush aside fear every day. This agreement recognizes their hard work during this unprecedented moment in history," Tim Foley, executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, said when the agreement was announced. "We implore all healthcare providers to follow LCHC’s example in utilizing a portion of funding from the CARES Act and future stimulus packages to be used as additional compensation for frontline healthcare workers who have been protecting our communities day-in and day-out." - Michael P. Norton 9:47 AM

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