Gov. Charlie Baker advises residents to stay at home

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The order will go into effect Tuesday at noon.

“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,” said Baker.

Businesses that will remain open are grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, all medical facilities, and manufacturers of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals.

“I do not believe I can or should order U.S. citizens to be confined to their homes for days on end. It doesn’t make sense from a public health point of view and it’s not realistic,” said Baker.

Baker announced restaurants can continue to offer takeout and delivery if they follow social distancing guidelines.

“We urge people to stay at home and avoid any unnecessary activities, because this will help avoid any unneeded person to person interactions that can spread the virus,” said Baker.

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