April 28 2020

Gov. Baker Extends Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Until May 18

By: Rich Hosford

Governor Charlie Baker announced the extension of the closing of non-essential businesses and the stay at home advisory for another two weeks during a press conference on Tuesday. 


He said in a statement that the original March 23 order has had a big impact on residents and businesses in the state and that many people are struggling due to the economic impact but that the measures have helped stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 


“The people of Massachusetts have definitely sacrificed and have definitely played their part,” Gov. Baker said. “While Massachusetts has avoided the spike of infections that would have broken our healthcare system, I am extending the timeline for all non-essential businesses to keep their physical workplaces and facilities closed to all workers, customers and the public until May 18 and the stay at home advisory to the same date.” 


Baker said the state will have a “phased reopening” and that a board is being formed to help guide Massachusetts in that effort. The 17-member board is expected to have a report by May 18 on how the state may begin the reopening process.


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