Baker Updates Phase II of Re-opening Plan; Releases Guidance for Restaurants, Lodging

The Baker-Polito Administration provided an update Friday (May 29) on the Reopening Massachusetts plan and preparations for Phase II. The Administration will determine the start of Phase II on June 6th.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker will issue an executive order with a detailed list of sectors that fall into each phase. The order will allow Phase II businesses to bring back employees in preparation for re-opening. Through this order, professional sports teams can begin practicing at their facilities in compliance with the health and safety rules that all the leagues are developing. Facilities remain closed to the public.


Learn more about the reopening process:

Restaurant and Lodging Guidance: The Administration today issued workplace safety standards for restaurants and lodging. These workplace specific safety standards are organized around four distinct categories covering Social Distancing, Hygiene Protocols, Staffing and Operations and Cleaning and Disinfecting.

Restaurants: Outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase II. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase II, subject to public health data. Even when indoor seating is permitted, use of outdoor space will be encouraged for all restaurants.

Social distancing guidance includes spacing tables six feet apart with a maximum party size of six people. The use of bars, except for spaced table seating, will not be permitted. For hygiene protocols, utensils and menus should be kept clean through single use or with strict sanitation guidelines, reservations or call ahead seating is recommended and contactless payment, mobile ordering or text on arrival for seating will also be encouraged.

Restaurants will be expected to follow cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, in accordance with CDC guidance. This includes closing an establishment temporarily if there is a case of COVID-19 in an establishment.

For full restaurant guidance, click here.

Lodging: Hotels, motels and other lodging businesses will be allowed to expand their operations in Phase II. Lodging safety standards apply to all forms of lodging including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, short term residential rentals including Airbnb and VRBO.

Event spaces, like ballrooms and meeting rooms, will remain closed. On-site restaurants, pools, gyms, spas, golf courses and other amenities at lodging sites may operate only as these categories are authorized to operate in accordance with the phased re-opening plan. Lodging operators also must inform guests of the Commonwealth’s policy urging travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving from out-of-state.

For full lodging guidance, click here.

On May 18th, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.



Virginia M. ‘Ginny’ Crismond, 94

Virginia M. “Ginny” (Cooney) Crismond, age 94, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Monday, May 25, 2020 at the Dwyer Home in Weymouth.

Virginia Crismond

Born in Quincy, to the late George F. and Elizabeth F. (Osborne) Cooney, she was raised and educated there. She was a graduate of Quincy High School and the former Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a registered nurse for several years and later became a well-known Quincy realtor. She was co-owner of the former Lyons Real Estate Company in Quincy for many years. Ginny was proud to have served as President of the South Shore Board of Realtors.

Ginny had a special love for children, animals, and cooking. She also had a vibrant personality and was devoted to her family and friends.

Beloved wife of the late Louis A. Crismond, M.D.

Devoted mother of Michael J. Crismond and his wife Jennifer of Centerville.

Loving grandmother of Amy R. Crismond of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., David M. Crismond of Watertown, and Matthew L. Crismond of Menlo Park, Calif.

Special mother of Pamela B. Baker and her husband William and their children, Amy F. Baker of Quincy, John Michael Baker of Kansas City, Mo., Tama L. Baker of Cohasset, Jillian R. Baker of Quincy, and the late William J. Baker and his wife Anne of Weymouth and their sons, Joseph W. Baker and Matthew R. Baker.

Ginny was one of six siblings and is survived by Maureen Berggren of Quincy, and was predeceased by Joan E. Dauphinee, Roberta Hickes, Barbara Boedeker, and Richard Cooney. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. A memorial Mass and celebration of Virginia’s life will be held at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Virginia’s memory may be made to the Dwyer Home, 25 Stonehaven Drive, Weymouth, MA 02190.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy. You are invited to visit or call 617-472-6344.

Alfred N. Bersani, 90

Alfred N. Bersani, age 90, of Bridgewater, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully, Monday, May 25, 2020 at the Sachem Center for Health & Rehabilitation in East Bridgewater.

Alfred N. Bersani

Alfred was born in Quincy, to the late Antoinetta and John Q. Bersani. He was raised there and was a graduate of Quincy High School. He had lived in Bridgewater for the past thirteen years, previously in Braintree for over forty years.

Al was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Horace A. Bass (APD-124).

He was employed in the family-owned and operated business, the former Quincy Cement Block Co., Inc. on Willard Street, for many years. He had also worked for the Walcor Vault Corporation and the Foster-Southeastern Concrete Company in Islington.

Al and his late wife, Carmela, were talented ballroom dancers and enjoyed many evenings dancing with friends. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Al was also a talented cook who took joy in making meals for family and friends.

Most of all, Al was devoted to his family, always supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for fifty-nine years of the late Carmela F. (Caci) Bersani. Devoted father of Robert J. Bersani and his wife Mary of Wrentham, Joseph J. Bersani and his wife Donna, Steven J. Bersani and his wife Donna, Linda M. LaVangie and her husband Todd, all of East Bridgewater. Loving grandfather of Julie Bersani, Jessica Swenson and her husband T.J., John Bersani, Kyle Bersani, Lauryn Bersani, and Nicole LaVangie. Cherished great-grandfather of Sophie Swenson.

One of nine siblings, he was the dear brother of Rose Flaherty of Braintree, and was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Interment took place at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or by visiting

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy.

You are invited to visit or call 617-472-6344.

‘Neat Neighbors’ Contest Underway

Mayor Thomas Koch announces the return of the City’s “Neat Neighbors” contest that recognizes property owners that do an excellent job maintaining their home or business. Friends, relatives, neighbors, or strangers can nominate an address for recognition from now through Labor Day by calling (617) 376-1251 or emailing

“This has been a challenging year where we all seek some normalcy in the face of the pandemic,” Koch said. “For many people, myself included, doing some creative work in the yard becomes an outlet. We hope to recognize those folks that help our city look beautiful by making their properties look beautiful.”

Each nominated property will be reviewed to ensure it meets the requirements for property maintenance. Once the property qualifies, winners will be selected at random to avoid competitive judgments. Qualifying properties will have maintained lawns, plantings, and homes in good repair.

A special category will be added for business and commercial properties this year.

Added Koch, “This has been a rough year so far for businesses and we can understand that aesthetics aren’t the top priority right now. However, there are still many folks that do a fantastic job of presenting their businesses and we want to make sure we applaud those that are able to do that.”

There will be twenty-five residential properties and ten commercial properties chosen as winners. Those properties selected as winners will receive a $30 gift certificate at a Quincy-based garden center to recognize their efforts and help continue their work.

Tu Ngoc Nguyen

Tu Ngoc Nguyen, age 47, of Quincy, died May 25.

Tu Ngoc Nguyen

He was the beloved husband of AnhThu Lai, devoted father of Edward Nguyen and cherished son of David Nguyen and Man Ngo.

His funeral service will be held privately in Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Services will conclude with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Patricia McIver, 90

Patricia McIver, age 90, of Squantum, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 25 at the Pat Roche Hospice House in Hingham.

Patricia McIver

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary A. (Doucette) Graham. She attended local schools and was the first in her family to graduate from high school.

Mrs. McIver and her husband raised their family with love and devotion. She lived her life in accordance with the virtues of faith, hope and love, and instilled the same virtues in her children. She helped build their character and was proud of the people they grew up to be. A homemaker, Mrs. McIver also worked as a traffic supervisor for the city of Quincy as well for North Quincy High School security. She loved her community and the relationships she built throughout the years.

She was the type of person who never stopped and always liked to keep busy. Mrs. McIver enjoyed going out to eat, attending plays and musicals, playing cards, and overall appreciated being in the presence of those she loved. As she aged, part of her social circle was cultivated by spending time at the Kennedy Center in Quincy, where she enjoyed dancing and chair yoga with friends. One of her favorite things to do was travel. Mrs. McIver enjoyed seeing the world and meeting new people.

Family was truly the most important part of her life. The time she spent with her children, granddaughter, brothers, sisters and friends meant the world to her. Mrs. McIver can be described as a beautiful person who was caring, loving, honest and strong willed. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continues through her family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur P. McIver Sr., who died in 1996. Together they shared over forty years of loving marriage. She was the devoted mother of the late Mary Alice McIver and of Arthur P. McIver Jr. and his wife Colleen of Quincy, as well as the loving grandmother of Rachael K. McIver of Quincy. She was the dear sister of Anna Hutchings of Quincy and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends. Patricia was preceded in death by her siblings Marguerite Costello, Genevieve Graham, Helen Cecilian, Eleanor Albanese, Elizabeth McIver, Thomas Graham, Joseph Graham, Edward Graham, Mary T. Ellis, Robert Graham, Frederick Graham and Leo Graham.

Mrs. McIver will be interred privately in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. A Mass will be offered in her name at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mary Alice McIver Scholarship Fund, 29 Aberdeen Rd., Quincy, MA 02171.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Edward C. Miller, 84

Edward Curtis Miller, age 84, of Wollaston/Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully May 23. He overcame many obstacles associated with Parkinson’s over the past several years.

Edward C. Miller

Born and raised in South Boston, he was the son of the late Charles and Olga A. (Mehlhorn) Miller. Mr. Miller was a veteran who served in the Korean War as a United States marine. Following his honorable discharge, he worked for the New England Telephone Company and affiliates until retirement as a skilled phone technician.

During retirement, Mr. Miller treasured the time he spent with his family and friends. He loved to walk and visit Castle Island. He was an active member of Castle Island Association and Kennedy Center/Quincy. He took many trips and attended events sharing his personality. He was fortunate to travel with his wife to Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Alaska among others. Mr. Miller loved to travel and discover new places. He also enjoyed walking the streets of Quincy and loved favorite vacation destinations like Disney World, Cape Cod, and many spots on the way to Vermont each year. His infectious smile was one to remember. He had a great sense of humor and could make people laugh. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Miller was active in his community, volunteering as an usher at Sacred Heart Church in North Quincy for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion South Boston Post 0067 and IBEW Local 2222.

He was the beloved husband of Eileen F. (Finn) Miller. The two married on May 13, 1961 and together they shared an amazing 59 years. He was the devoted father of Edward M. Miller and his wife Judy of Colchester, VT, Eileen (Collins) Wainwright and her husband Bruce of Monroe, GA, Stephen C. Miller and his wife Carol of Quincy and Karen (Miller) Tinker and her husband Howard of Buford, GA. Edward was the loving Papa of Caitlyn Sisler and her husband John of Colchester, VT, Father Curtis Miller of Barton, VT, Christopher Collins of Monroe, GA, the late Patrick Collins of Weymouth, Cassie Collins of Boston, Ryan Miller of Chicago, IL, GregoryMiller of Quincy, Megan Miller of Quincy, Nicholas Shaw of Decatur, GA, Jason Tinker of Buford, GA and Lexi Tinker of Buford, GA. He was proud to be known as Papa to his only great granddaughter, Natalie Sisler of Colchester, VT. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends. Edward was preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth Roberts, Claire Hardaker, Charles Miller, William Miller and Elaine Bryant.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 5, 2020 in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 11:30 AM.

Following the Funeral Mass, Edward’s funeral procession will drive by Castle Island for his final visit. Relatives and friends are welcome to gather near the traffic circle to pay tribute to Ed and his family, if possible, as the procession passes.

Edward will be interred privately in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, with military honors.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Thomas J. Ward III

Thomas J. Ward III of Rockland, formerly Quincy, died May 25, 2020.

Thomas J. Ward III

Tommy loved his family and New England sports, especially the Red Sox and Patriots. He enjoyed family gatherings during the holidays, most notably 4th of July with all of his cousins. Tommy was a man with a very loving heart and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Beloved son of Constance (Farrell) Ward of Rockland and the late Thomas J. Ward Jr. Loving brother of James T. Ward of CT, Kevin M. Ward of Hyde Park, Robert F. Ward of Brewster, and John T. Ward of Quincy. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tommy may be made to A New Way, 85 Quincy Ave. Suite B, Quincy, MA 02169.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.


John E. Keleher

John E. “Jack” Keleher, of Lakeville, formerly of Winthrop and Quincy, died peacefully at home, May 24, 2020.

John E. Keleher

Beloved husband of the late Margaret A. “Peg” Keleher. Loving father of Lauren E. Leydon and her fiancé David Swaney of Lakeville, Paul F. Keleher and his wife Chantal of Scituate, Kathleen R. Keleher and her wife Sarah Struble of Roslindale, and the late John F. Keleher, Jr. Cherished brother of Cornelia Wassell of GA, and the late Elizabeth O’Doherty, Mary Griffin, and Jean Rodriguez. Loving grandfather of Erin Leydon of Lakeville, William Keleher of Scituate, and Rory Keleher of Roslindale. Jack is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

Jack grew up in Winthrop Beach and graduated from Winthrop High School. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during Vietnam after which he returned to Massachusetts,  settling in Quincy. Jack worked as a machine mechanic and candy worker, eventually retiring from Tootsie Roll Industries after 35+ years of service.

Jack had a lifelong passion for investing, which he enjoyed sharing with others, starting a family investment club and helping other people learn to invest through his work with the Greater Boston Chapter of the NAIC. Also an avid sports fan, Jack closely followed the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots but his favorite sport was horse racing, especially if he could convince family and friends to accompany him to the track.

He was a charming storyteller who was immediately fast friends with anyone he met. Those who knew him will miss his humor and kindness, and remember his strong love for his family.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack may be made to Home Base, 125 Nashua Street, Ste. 540, Boston, MA 02114, supporting veterans, service members and military families.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

John I. Barr Jr.

John Ignatius Barr Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday May 24, 2020.

John I. Barr Jr.

John was born September 4, 1925 in Verona, PA. John’s parents, John I. Barr, Sr. and Theresa (Taylor) Barr started their young family while John Sr. was on a temporary assignment in Pennsylvania for Gulf Oil’s Boston office. John was raised in Roxbury, attended Abby May and Dudley Elementary Schools, the James P. Timilty Junior High the Mechanic Arts High School. John proudly withdrew from high school to enlist in the Marines Corps during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre. After completion of WWII, John returned to Boston where he enrolled at Boston Teachers College, earning both Bachelor and Masters Degrees.

John moved to Quincy in 1951 and taught at Archbishop Williams High School for two years before beginning a 35-year career with the Boston Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. Upon completion of his Boston Public Schools career, he commenced a position as a Veterans Administration real estate appraiser.

In 2001 John retired and renewed his interest in reading mysteries and poetry. John will be remembered for his eternal optimism, positive spirit, love of woodworking and summers on Cape Cod.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Grace (Shea) Barr, his children, John Barr and Sheila Barr, both of Plymouth, Mary Viseckas and Brendan Barr, both of New York and Justin Barr of Quincy, three granddaughters and one great grandson. John is predeceased by his parents, five siblings and his late wife Jean (Bowen).

Visiting hours and Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Mary’s Church, Quincy will be private. Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

The family respectfully requests no flowers. As an expression of sympathy for those who wish, memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to the Thomas Crane Public Library Foundation, 40 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169.

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