Massachusetts residents will be in staying in their homes due to COVID-19 for at least a couple more weeks, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.
The governor’s order requiring non-essential businesses to close their physical locations and the stay-at-home advisory will be extended until May 18, two weeks longer than his last announcement. He added that an advisory board will set “rules of the road” for a “phased reopening” of the state, according to a WBUR report.
“I know pushing these dates back a couple weeks is probably not what people want to hear,” Baker said. “Believe me, I’m just as frustrated as anybody else. We all look forward to stepping in front of this podium to tell you that we’re starting to reopen for business. I know we’ll get there soon, but we have to be smart in how we do it.”
See the Governor’s office’s announcement on the extension of the orders by clicking here.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts passed the 3,000 mark in COVID-19 related deaths. The 104 additional deaths moved the total to 3,003 total in the Bay State. There are 56,462 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Massachusetts, with 1,542 new cases reported Tuesday. As of April 24, Watertown had 186 confirmed cases, nine fatalities and 51 people have recovered.
The announcement comes a week after Baker announced that schools in the state would be closed for the rest of the school year.
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