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Gov. Charlie Baker extends state coronavirus shutdown to May 4

Posted On: Mar 31, 2020   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

Nonessential businesses will remain closed and people should stay in their homes until May 4, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday, bracing for what he said will be “perhaps the most difficult period of this virus.”
“We know this is difficult,” Baker said during his daily update at the State House, “but these next few weeks will be critical to mitigating the spread of the disease and ensuring that our health care system is prepared for what is yet to come.”
Preparing to face an expected surge of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts by mid-April, Baker issued orders to extend social distancing to May 4, restrict the short-term rental industry and establish overflow health care facilities throughout the state.
“Here in Massachusetts, we have taken some of the earliest and most aggressive steps in the country to slow this virus,” Baker said. “We must continue to be aggressive in our pursuits.”
Baker requested and received approval from the federal government to deploy a 250-bed facility at the DCU Center in Worcester...

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