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Bennington Museum Opens its Doors

The Main Street museum, which shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was making final preparations for its 1 p.m. opening.

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Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3; Gyms, Museums Can Open

Fitness centers, movie theaters, museums and other enclosed venues will be able to reopen on Monday with restrictions and the number of people allowed in an indoor gathering is now raised to 25.

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Massachusetts Lifting 14-Day Isolation for Certain Travelers

The state is welcoming travelers from surrounding states that have controlled the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Williams College Announces Plan for Return of Classes

Students will be allowed to choose to take the year off with no penalty, and the college has lowered the number of courses required in the 2020-21 fall and spring semesters with no impact on a student's progress toward graduation.

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Pittsfield Receives CARES Act Funding

The City Council last week accepted $900,000.00 from the state through the CARES Act to be used for COVID-19 pandemic related expenses.

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Doctors Back Up State's Guidance for School Reopening

The commonwealth came very close to requiring daily temperature checks for students returning to school in the fall, but ultimately decided against the move because those checks would not yield any useful information, he said.

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State Issues Guidance for Return of School in the Fall

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday released its first round of reopening guidance for the commonwealth's primary and secondary schools.

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Report Finds 'Utterly Shameful' Conditions at Holyoke Soldiers' Home

An independent report on the outbreak COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke that cost the lives of 76 veterans is "gut wrenching" to read and "utterly shameful," said Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday.

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Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?

For many, mental health during COVID-19 can be hard to maintain. Especially if you are hard hit economically by the punch of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing financial and emotional struggles you never before have encountered.

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Baker Administration Pushes Testing, Rescinds COVID 'Standards of Care'

State officials Friday continued to praise Massachusetts for taking the steps that have lowered the rate of positive tests for COVID-19 and introduced new vehicles to advance the commonwealth’s testing program.

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Limited Indoor Dining, Nail Salons Can Resume on Monday

Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday morning said the second step in Phase 2 of Reopening Massachusetts would commence on June 22, allowing for some inside dining, close contact person services, fitting rooms by appointment and increasing the occupancy percentage of offices.

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COVID-19 Testing Available for Anyone Who Was at Large Gathering

The governor's office made the announcement on Monday that 50 pop-up sites would be offering the free confidential tests on Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18.

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MassDOT Offering Municipal Grants to Outdoor Dining, Mobility

Towns and cities trying to aid businesses in reopening will have access to some $5 million in grants through the state Department of Transportation.

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Berkshire Health Systems Initiates COVID-19 Antibody Testing

The testing is available through a blood test and only with a physician order. Interested residents can ask their primary care physician to submit an order to the BHS Laboratory for a test to be drawn at a BHS blood draw station. The result will then be provided to the physician, who will relay the result to the patient.

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Adams Preparing For Outside Dining

Restaurants have been limited to take out and delivery since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March. The reopening plan is great news for an industry that, according to the National Restaurant Association, lost a total of $80 billion in sales and over 5 million jobs in March and April alone because of the global pandemic.

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Tourism Destinations to Rely on Visitors' Compliance for Successful Reopening

Museum-goers are used to signs reminding them not to touch the exhibits. This summer, they may see reminders not to touch their own faces.

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Small Classes, Plenty of PPE Advised School Reopenings

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued guidelines Friday on required sanitation supplies and safety for reopening schools this fall.

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Massachusetts to Begin Phase 2 Reopenings on Monday

Gov. Charlie Baker gave the all-clear on Saturday to begin Phase 2 of reopening the Massachusetts economy on Monday as COVID-19 numbers continue to decline.

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Tyer: City Preparing for Phase 2 Openings

Tyer said the city is doing its part to prepare businesses that will be allowed to open in this next phase with limitations and specifications. She said hotels, retail stores, various schools, some personnel services, funeral homes, child care, and restaurants among others will be able to open to different degrees.

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No COVID-19 Cases in Adams

The Board of Health is happy to report that the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be slowing in town.

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Cheshire Tackling Budget Process, Phase II Reopening

The Board of Selectmen elected a new chair Tuesday night as Michelle Francesconi was elevated to the seat for the first time.

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State Releases Guidelines for Childcare, Starts Allowing Family Visits to Nursing Homes

Commissioner of Early Education and Care Samantha Aigner-Treworgy and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders joined Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday at his daily press availability.

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Mill Town Capital & The Lantern Feeding Front-Line Workers

Mill Town Capital and the Lantern partnered to create the Fridge Filler Project to provide free healthy meals to front-line workers.

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DPH Changes COVID-19 Reporting; Child Care, Camp Criteria Released

The number of deaths is also expected to rise with changes in the reporting of confirmed and probable cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the Department of Public Health.

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State Releases Guidelines for Opening Hotels, Restaurants in Phase 2

The commonwealth Friday issued guidance for the reopening of hotels and restaurants, an event that could happen as soon as early June.

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