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Mass. Governor Lifting All COVID-19 Restrictions On May 2947:38
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Gov. Charlie Baker talks with reporters at a press conference in the State House in March 2020. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Gov. Charlie Baker talks with reporters at a press conference in the State House in March 2020. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Here is the Radio Boston rundown for May 17. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

  • Almost exactly one year after Governor Baker announced the start of reopening for Massachusetts - today he announced its ending. By May 29, Massachusetts will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions, two months ahead of the August date previously announced. We have arrived at "a new normal." Radio Boston's Chris Citorik joins us to debrief us on what Governor Baker said today and what it means for you. We'll also discuss the public health perspective with Lenny Marcus, founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government.
  • With the news of the commonwealth lifting all COVID-19 restrictions and capacity limits on May 29, we speak with two Boston restaurant owners about what these changes mean for them and their businesses. We also hear from listeners on their reaction to the news today from the Governor's office, including the removal of the mask mandate by the end of this month. We're joined by Cheryl Straughter, chef and owner of Soleil in Nubian Square, and Tim Athanasiadis, owner of Esperia Grill in Brighton. And we continue to chat with Harvard's Lenny Marcus.
  • For many students, adapting to remote learning this past year has been hard. Distractions at home, trouble focusing, and difficult home environments have all taken their toll. But there have been bright spots, too; students have more access to their teachers. They have had more time to reflect on their learning styles and organizational skills, and for many, more time to relax in bed before class. Today, WBUR's education team begins a series on "Unexpected Lessons" the pandemic has taught students and teachers. WBUR's Carrie Jung joins us to discuss the series and what remote learning has taught us.

This program aired on May 17, 2021.

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