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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Boston mayor Marty Walsh speaks with reporters following a candlelight vigil for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings at Garvey Park on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

On Monday afternoon, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced plans to return to an earlier reopening stage to help combat the spread of COVID-19.


Boston isn’t the only city rolling things back: Somerville and Newton are also moving to close down certain businesses, and other cities and towns in the Commonwealth are expected to announce similar plans in the coming days. This three-week pause will start in some communities as early as Wednesday, December 16 and is expected to see gyms, museums, and movie theatres shuttered.


Mayor Walsh stated: “Unfortunately, we are at the point where we need to take stronger action to control COVID-19 in Boston, and urgently, to ensure our health care workers have the capacity to care for everyone in need.” The Boston Globe has the rest of the Mayor’s remarks and the expanded list of businesses that will be affected.