Governor Charlie Baker Announces New Executive Orders to Curb COVID-19 Infection Spike

11/2/20 By Rhiannon Melton

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Governor Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory, among a series of executive orders, to help curb the COVID-19 spike in Massachusetts.  1,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed daily for nine consecutive days in Massachusetts, compared to around 400 new cases being found daily in the beginning of October.  

Baker reimplemented a nighttime stay-at-home advisory, which will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Residents are advised to stay home at these hours, with exceptions of going to work, getting groceries, or receiving healthcare.  

Gov. Baker announced an executive order requiring almost all indoor entertainment businesses to close by 9:30p.m.  This includes casinos, museums, salons, gyms, performance venues, etc.  Alcohol and recreational marijuana sales are also ordered to close at 9:30p.m.  Restaurants are ordered to stop table service and alcohol sales after 9:30p.m., but are able to remain open for carry-out and delivery.

The governor also enacted a mask mandate for all indoor and outdoor spaces, even when people are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.  Further, Gov. Baker signed an executive order restricting the indoor gathering limit to 10 people at private residences and 25 at outdoor private residences.  Gatherings must end at 9:30p.m.

The governor acknowledged that COVID-19 infection rates have risen 278% since Labor Day and hospitalization rates have increased 145%, but added that this doesn’t mean the state should close its economy or shut down schools.  “Once again, it’s time for the people of Massachusetts to step up for one another– to play by the rules and fight the fight,” Gov. Baker said.      

This series of executive orders will be in place for at least a month.