Gov. Baker Closes Schools And Limits Restaurants Over Coronavirus

Gov. Charlie Baker said there are currently no plans for a statewide shelter-in-place order, but he has put a number of unprecedented measures in place across Massachusetts.

Just after 6:20 p.m. Sunday, Baker ordered a more restrictive public gathering plan, banning all gatherings of 25 or more people. The governor’s initial ban was on gatherings of 250 or more people, which was put into place on Friday.

“These gatherings include all community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions and any similar event or activity that brings together 25 or more people in single room or a single space at the same time. This includes venues like fitness centers, private clubs and theaters,” Baker said.

Baker also banned bars and restaurants from serving food and drinks on site, but will allow them to serve food via takeout and delivery services. The on-site service ban begins Tuesday and is scheduled to last until April 17.

“This order doesn’t apply to grocery stores or pharmacies. This is about bars and restaurants and those places that people do not absolutely have to go,” Baker said. “I realize these measures are unprecedented, but we’re asking our residents to take a deep breath and understand the rationale behind this guidance.

In addition, all K-12 public schools in Massachusetts will close Tuesday and suspend operations for the next three weeks through April 7.

“Unless your district isn’t already closed, school is on tomorrow but not Tuesday,” Baker said.

Check out his press conference in its full length below

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