Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses to close starting Tuesday, under what he is calling “Stay at Home” advisory. Businesses which ignore the advisory will face a fine, and local authorities may be able to enforce the advisory for individuals. I have not been able to clarify what local enforcement might look like.

A list of essential services, as defined by the state, is available here.

The Globe also has a good Q&A about what this means for individuals, which you can read here. 

Note: This is not a “shelter in place” order. Governor Baker made that explicit, saying “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.”







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