Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced today that the state is closing non-essential businesses. The order goes into effect on Tuesday at noon.
Businesses that are exempt include grocery stores, gas stations and medical suppliers. Mass transit will still run, the governor said.
Baker is advising people to stay at home, but he is not ordering it.
“Due to evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period,” his administration said in a press release.
Baker said the state wants 3 million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care providers and is getting some via donation.