Gov. Baker announces new measures as MA sees soaring virus infections

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BOSTON (WLNE)- As cases of COVID-19 infection continue to rise across Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker issued a series of executive orders and advisories Monday that look to contain further spread.

The measures include a “stay-at-home advisory” between between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and the closure of most businesses at 9:30 p.m.

Stopping short of an order, the advisory still allows residents travel to and from work,  go grocery shopping, or seek medical, as well as walk for exercise.

Restaurants would be closed to in-person and outdoor dining at 9:30 p.m., but would still be open for take-out or delivery– except for alcohol sales.

Meanwhile, liquor stores, casinos, gyms and theaters are just a handful of businesses that would be required to close at 9:30 p.m.

The full list is available here.

Baker said the restrictions come as cases in the state have risen 278 percent, and  hospitalizations were up 145 percent, since Labor Day.

The measures target gatherings as well. No more than 10 people are allowed at in-door gatherings at private residences, and out-door events are limited to 25 people.

No change was announced on the size for gatherings in public places or events spaces, but all such events must end by 9:30 p.m., according  to a statement on the Massachusetts’ government website.

A new order requires all individuals to wear a face-covering in public, regardless of distance.

Exceptions are still made for those will a medical condition, but employees and students enrolled for in-person learning will have to offer proof of those conditions.

“Folks need to postpone or rethink any indoor get-togethers, like big birthday parties, baby showers or watching football or some other big sports event with your neighbors,” Baker said. “These are places where COVID spreads, unregulated gatherings, even if they’re small, where people let down their guard.”

 

 

 

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