Pressley: Mass. Reopening Plan Isn't Being 'Informed By Science'

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — At an event in Cambridge on Thursday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said that Massachusetts is reopening too quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not my opinion. It’s the opinion of experts, healthcare professionals, epidemiologists from this district," Pressley said. "We need to be, according to what these epidemiologists have offered, our metrics need to be three times higher than what they are currently.”

In recent weeks, Gov. Charlie Baker has laid out a four-phase plan for reopening Massachusetts economy. The state is currently in phase one, which includes the reopening of construction and manufacturing businesses as well as allowing places of worship to resume services.

Read More: Governor Baker Announces Phase 1 Of Reopening Plan For Massachusetts

Rep. Pressley said that she has previously "applauded" any scientific-based measures the state has taken toward combating the virus, including being the first in the country to do contract tracing. However, she said she does "not believe that this reopening plan is being informed by science."

Pressley was in Cambridge Thursday to join staff and volunteers with Food for Free to package groceries for Cambridge residents who at high risk of hunger during the coronavirus crisis.

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