Here’s what Boston.com readers think about the plan to reopen Massachusetts

"I’d rather swim in my bathtub than risk my family at the beach."

Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during a press conference announcing the start of the state's 4-phase reopening plan, starting today, May 18, 2020, allowing the opening of construction, manufacturing, and places of worship, at the Massachusetts State House. (Sam Doran/Pool)
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during a press conference announcing the start of the state's 4-phase reopening plan, starting May 18, 2020, allowing the opening of construction, manufacturing, and places of worship, at the Massachusetts State House. –Sam Doran/Pool

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Massachusetts’ phased reopening plan on Monday, and people have a lot to say about it. Some Boston.com readers have criticisms of what businesses can open when, others aren’t comfortable with reopening yet, and there’s frustration for the lack of detail around industries like childcare.

Below are some of the most thought-provoking responses from Boston.com readers on the state’s reopening plan.

“I know people want to go back to ‘normal’ life, but let’s not forget why we wear masks and practice social distancing. The virus isn’t gone. I know we can’t keep things closed forever but at least they are trying to start reopening stuff. If that means we wear masks and stay socially distant, then why not? We need to keep the curve either flat or better, declining. If we don’t keep distance and we don’t wear masks we worsen the virus situation, overwhelm hospitals and healthcare facilities and we put those at most risk of dying from this, at even more risk. If wearing a mask at the beach means you save the life of someone else, isn’t it worth it? Now is not the time to be selfish. It’s a time to think beyond that.” —creativeyogijc

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“This doesn’t do much for the Cape Cod economy until phase 2 and it has the highest unemployment in the state but one of the lowest new infection rates esp. outside of residential homes. Let’s see some more flexibility in regions.” —scot2424

“Was going to Mass daily until this virus happen and all you see are the elderly and if the churches are large like St. Gregory’s or St. Agatha’s in Milton there is plenty of space and just wear a mask and gloves. I think that this would work out fine or watch at home the TV services. But in these times, we need our faith and the prayers for others.” –beantowndebater

“110% weed stores should be open. 110%. Great revenue. And we need it.” —MyFellowAmericans

“Nope, I’d rather swim in my bathtub than risk my family at the beach this year, plus I don’t see the fun in this (face mask at the beach?!?!) and I feel bad for our police officers that will probably have to deal with all the people that won’t follow the rules. 🙅🏻‍♀️” —Jessica F. Alvarez

“Just ignore the orders, open your businesses, and live your lives…what are they going to do?” —NoHopeNoChange

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“Not much of an opening, at least I can get my hair cut. The numbers took a shape turn downward yesterday, there is no reason to wait 6 weeks for phase 3. Open up the malls and the restaurants already, the state should show some support for the local small business owners.” —ACDC2

“It is just not right – you can go to walmart – go to target – home depot….let these folks open! I have no doubt that these owners will take better care of their customers than the big box stores – I am so sick of this nanny state. The small business owners have gone above and beyond – put their  homes in jeopardy – their livelihood in jeopardy…they shut down – didn’t file a lawsuit – like in other states…to protect their customers and staff. Docs and nurses deserve our support – but also they signed up [to] be in the health care profession – and not to take care of the healthy…a small business owner in this state is in severe jeopardy…the nanny state has got to stop. We need to take care of the small businesses in our community…restaurants – stores alike.” —Amy1001

“This is ridiculous. The whole purpose of the shutdown was to keep the hospitals from getting overwhelmed. Which they haven’t been in a long time. Now it seems we’re trying to keep people from getting sick? What is going on here this has gone on far too long. People don’t have to go out if they don’t want to. Let the rest of us.” —Bale14

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“They should open, and they will open. Just not now. Massachusetts has been hit far harder than the other New England states, it makes sense that we take longer to reopen. Are you saying that giving neighboring stores and restaurants two weeks will kill Massachusetts vendors? Our people will spend at home when they do open. Safely.” —boringname

“We have a home daycare with up to 6 children, this is a total mess being left in the dark and no really answers. This may eventually put us out of business. How sad…just open up!” –cbott1701


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