Campaign Update re: COVID-19
In light of the growing threat of COVID-19, Governor Baker has not only declared a State of Emergency but has announced a number of statewide emergency measures, including suspending schools, limiting gatherings to less than 25 people, and prohibiting on-site consumption at restaurants and bars.
Most reputable authorities have indicated that the pandemic will get worse before it gets better and that we should expect a very fluid situation and be prepared for additional restrictions in the coming weeks.
Due to these recent developments we are going to be doing our work differently for the foreseeable future. First, Voter Choice staff will be working remotely, per the recommendation of public health authorities. Second, all scheduled in-person events and activities have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. We are currently actively working to develop online and digital alternatives to in-person meetings and events.
Third, we are pausing legislative advocacy for the time being. Not only is the State House now closed to the public, it will be operating with reduced staffing. Even more important, during this public health crisis, elected leaders are focused almost exclusively on addressing this crisis and protecting our communities. We intend to give them the space to do so.
The steps we are all being asked to take now in terms of closings and social distancing are critical to preserving the public health and protecting well-being of our staff and volunteers, as well as all residents of the Commonwealth, especially those who are most vulnerable to this novel virus. For more information on the COVID-19 response efforts and emergency measures, visit the Governor’s information page.
This situation is very fluid, but the health and well-being of our staff and supporters is paramount and we will be in touch with our volunteers and partners about next steps. When it’s appropriate and safe for us to do so, our team will be ready to hit the ground running again in our campaign to bring Ranked Choice Voting to the Commonwealth.