May 29 to be a great moment

Governor Baker’s announcement that Memorial Day weekend will be marked by the state ending nearly all COVID-19 restrictions on May 29 does not come a minute too soon.

Lt. Governor Nancy Polito thanked the people of Massachusetts.

“This would not have happened without all of you working so hard along this course and along this journey. Indeed.

The populations of the nation and Massachusetts have been yearning for this day for quite some time.

The state of emergency that has been in place since March 10, 202 will be lifted on June 15, Governor Baker announced Monday morning.

Again, this is cause for celebration.

It now seems likely or at least possible that the restrictive lives we have been leading for longer than a year is coming to pass.

This will be of little comfort or benefit to those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

For those who lost loved ones, the pandemic will never go away – even with the passing of time.

Returning to normal, called the new normal, will take time for many of us.

Nothing will be exactly the way it was, not for a long while, we suspect.

Again, Saturday, May 29 will be a day of celebration. Enjoy it.

It has been a long time coming.

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