Phase 2, Stage 2 of Reopening starts this Monday, Juneteenth Proclamations, & more | June 19, 2020

Tune in at 3pm every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday on our Government Channel or Facebook page for an update from city officials. Past updates can be found by clicking here. At 2pm & 8pm we are also airing Gov. Baker’s press conferences.

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Phase 2, Stage 2 of MA Reopening plan starts this Monday

Governor Charlie Baker announced today that Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan can move into it’s second stage beginning this Monday, June 22.

Businesses allowed to open during Phase 2, Stage 2 include:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants (Click here for guidelines)
  • Retail dressing rooms, by appointment only
  • Offices, at 50 percent capacity
  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including: Hair removal and replacement; Nail care; Skin care; Massage therapy; Makeup salons and makeup application services; Tanning salons; Tattoo, piercing and body art services; Personal training, with restrictions. (Click here for guidelines)
  • Click here for guidelines for other industries

Businesses and sectors set to begin operating on Monday are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards.

This was decided after positive trends in COVID-19 numbers in the the state. Since the start of the pandemic MA has seen more than 106,000 total cases with 7,770 deaths. Two weeks ago there were 1,637 people hospitalized, but now there are only 968. According to data compiled by the New York Times from local/state governments & health departments, MA saw the largest decrease in new COVID-19 cases .

Juneteenth Proclamations

Learn about this holiday by clicking the flag
  • On Tuesday, State Senator Brendan Crighton filed SD.2975, An Act to Make Juneteenth Independence Day a State Holiday, along with State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senator Jo Comerford, Representative Maria Robinson, Representative Bud L. Williams Representative Mindy Domb, and Chynah Tyler.
  • Earlier today, Mayor Thomas McGee issued a proclamation declaring June 19 to be “Juneteenth in the City of Lynn”. Please click here to view the full proclamation.
  • Earlier today, Governor Charlie Baker issued a proclamation declaring June 19 to be “Juneteenth Independence Day” in Massachusetts. Please click here to view a PDF of the full proclamation.

As a reminder, today from 4-8 we are airing the North Shore Juneteenth Association’s virtual celebration. Watch on online by clicking here or on TV  (Comcast: Channel 3 / Verizon: Channel 38).

MBTA Bus Customers Now Have a New Real-time Bus Crowding Information Tool

Real-time crowding information is available for Routes 1, 15, 16, 22, 23, 31, 32, 109, and 110 at

Real-time crowding information for additional bus routes will be made available throughout the summer.

The MBTA today announced the launch of a real-time crowding information pilot for nine bus routes at, on e-ink digital signs, and within the Transit app, the MBTA’s endorsed smartphone app. The MBTA is the largest U.S. transit agency to make real-time crowding information available for local buses to customers.

“We’re excited to offer this new real-time feature as a pilot to our riders to help limit crowding as customers begin to return to the MBTA system,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak. “With riders requesting information about crowding, this new real-time information provides riders with the confidence and flexibility to make informed choices about their commutes.”

Beginning today, riders can find real-time crowding information for Routes 1, 15, 16, 22, 23, 31, 32, 109, and 110 at, on digital signs, and within the Transit app. The MBTA selected this first set of nine bus routes to pilot real-time information as these are busy routes with notably high ridership during the pandemic. For each route, the MBTA’s Customer Technology team verified the accuracy of real-time crowding information through manual passenger counts.

Crowding levels are described as “Crowded,” “Some Crowding,” and “Not Crowded.” These standards are based on the temporarily lowered crowding threshold standards that accommodate social distancing measures with customers able to learn more about these thresholds at This information will also continue to be available to customers as the Commonwealth transitions through its opening phases with the MBTA’s Customer Technology team making adjustments as needed to best communicate this information. This information is displayed on the schedule page by clicking or tapping the vehicle icons on the maps or line diagrams. An animated demonstration of how to use this new real-time crowding feature is online.

Crowding information for additional bus routes will be made available throughout the summer as data accuracy is further refined and verified. Later this summer, the MBTA will also publish crowding trends for bus and subway routes at and on e-ink digital signs to help riders estimate crowding levels as they plan their trips.

For more information, please visit or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook /TheMBTA, or Instagram @theMBTA.

From Mayor McGee’s office: The Lynn Public Health Department has confirmed that as of today, the number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases is 847 with 6 new cases today. 2,664 Lynn residents have recovered and 96 have died. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Lynn since March 21, 2020, including those who have died and recovered, is 3,607. Please visit the new City of Lynn COVID-19 Data Dashboard which is updated daily.

Tomorrow, the City of Lynn, in partnership with Lynn Community Health Center, North Shore Medical Center, and North Shore Physicians Group, is offering COVID-19 testing on Saturday, June 20th, from 9AM-12PM at Ingalls School.

200 tests will be completed on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to be a Lynn Community Health Center or North Shore Physician Group patient to be screened. You will not be asked about your immigration status and you do not have to have health insurance.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 through the City website (, social media, and the Smart 911 emergency notification system (sign up at

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