MA Gov Orders Non-Essential Businesses To Close

Boston’s CBS News affiliate reports:

Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, effective noon Tuesday, March 24. The governor also announced Monday that he and state health officials are issuing a stay at home advisory for the residents of Massachusetts.

Both will remain in effect until April 7. “We will always allow all grocery stores, pharmacies, and other types of businesses that provide essential goods and services to Massachusetts residents to continue to operate,” Baker said.

Baker said the stay at home advisory does not mean that people are mandated to stay home. As of 4:00 p.m. Sunday, 646 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. In total, 6,004 residents have been tested by the state public health laboratory.