Business Group Sees Slow Restart for Massachusetts Economy
Safely resuscitating Massachusetts’ economy following the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a painfully slow process and require a gradual return to the workplace.
That’s the top-line conclusion of a report from the Massachusetts High Technology Council, which envisions mandatory face masks, social distancing and an expansion of state testing that could cost $720 million a year, the Boston Globe reported.
“It’s going to be a while before we get back to normal,” Bain Capital co-chairman Stephen Pagliuca Friday said during an online presentation of the report’s finding to business leaders.
The presentation coincided with Gov. Charlie Baker’s issue of an order that face masks be worn in public. Rates of new infections and deaths from COVID-19 have remained stubbornly high in Massachusetts, reported the Globe.
The report recommends that companies bring back workers in phases, based on age and industry, with white-collar employees who can work remotely, returning last.
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