Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that more information will be available soon about the commonwealth's plan to reopen the economy in "phases" in the coming weeks. He also emphasized that until a vaccine is widely available, the novel coronavirus will remain a threat and the public will need to continue to take precautions.

The state's stay at home advisory is currently in effect until May 18.

Baker said that once statewide data show coronavirus cases are on a steady enough downward trend, some businesses will be allowed to reopen — with health precautions.

"What that means is that the only sectors of the economy that can implement the appropriate health guidance will be opening in the first phase," Baker said. "There won't be anyone firing a starting gun on May 18 and saying everybody's off to the races."

Baker said that transportation and childcare "will continue to be key enablers to ensure a safe and successful reopening."

Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said the state's Reopening Advisory Board has been meeting consistently since its launch last week, taking into account multiple perspectives from local business groups.

The governor also emphasized that his administration will continue to listen to federal and health care professionals' guidance on reopening, and will ramp up testing efforts and the state's contact tracing initiative.

See all of our coronavirus news coverage here.