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Corona Virus/COVID-19: MA state of emergency

Corona Virus/COVID-19: MA state of emergency

In an effort to take social distancing seriously, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh have announced increasingly restrictive measures to protect the citizenry of MA.

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, effective through April 6, 2020:

  • Boston K-12 public and private schools will be closed. They will continue to provide meals for children who relied on school meals.
  • Bars & restaurants cannot offer on-premise consumption of meals or drink; take-out and delivery are ok.
  • No gatherings of >25 people; there are exemptions, including pharmacies and grocery stores
  • Visitor limitations at hospitals and assisted living residences
  • Hospitals have been mandated to cancel non-essential elective procedures
  • Pharmacies can now make and sell their own hand sanitizer
  • All commercial insurers, self-insured plans, and the Group Insurance Commission must cover necessary telehealth services related to COVID-19 testing and treatment without additional cost to the patient

Specifics are outlined here at Mass.gov.

WBUR article explaining the measures here.

WBUR article on how hospitals are trying to prepare.