Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Friday that some of the largest companies in the state have agreed to allow their employees to continue working remotely.
“As we start to transition to slowly reopening our economy, it’s become more and more critical for remote work to continue so that we can continue to fight COVID-19 and to fight the spread of infection,” Baker said. “Public health experts have made clear that large numbers of people in enclosed spaces is exactly how this virus spreads.”
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wayfair, Raytheon, MassMutual and Takeda are among the companies that have committed to remote operations. Together these companies employ around 150,000 people, Baker said.
The Baker administration is expected to release on Monday its four-phase plan for reopening the economy. While few details are known, the first phase of the plan is expected to allow workers with little face-to-face contact with other employees or customers to go back to work.