SPECIAL COVERAGE ON THE CORONAVIRUS  

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Governor Baker Orders Non-essential Businesses Closed 

 

Restaurants at Hingham Shipyard

Governor Baker just held a press conference at 10 AM stating that non-essential workers are to stay at home for the next two weeks and gatherings are now limited to no more than 10 people. Both orders will remain in effect until Monday, May 4 at noon, Baker told reporters during an update at the State House.

“Everyone is advised to stay home and limit all unnecessary activities,” he said at a State House news conference. “We’re asking everyone to use their common sense, think about the impact this virus is having on the sick and elderly, and to limit their interactions with other people. This cuts down on the chances this virus has to spread.”

 

Travel is not barred, but people over the age of 70 or with underlying health conditions are “strongly” advised to stay home and “limit interactions” as much as possible, Baker said.

 

He stressed that essential businesses including grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, and gas stations will remain open.

— Updated April 2, 2020  at 5:00 PM

Greg Lane can be reached at greg@hinghamcurrent.com