Excellent news for pet owners and people like me who badly need a haircut. Starting this coming Monday, May 25, more businesses will be allowed to partially resume operations, provided they follow mandatory sanitary procedures, proper social distancing protocol and industry-specific guidance.

Businesses that will be allowed to reopen include hair salons, retail stores and pet grooming facilities. Also, beginning the 25th, certain parks, beaches, drive-ins and athletic fields will start reopening.

Governor Baker reiterated that if the health of the public starts to show a negative trend, specific businesses, regions or perhaps the entire state will have to go back to an earlier phase.

Also, the "stay at home" advisory has now been changed to a "safer at home" advisory, which in effect, includes the same safety measures but allows for more movement across the state.

For more on the story, check out the web page for WWLP/Springfield news located here. Thanks to them for the info.