BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday that he is extending the stay-at-home advisory until May 18.
Non-essential businesses will also remain closed until May 18. He's also extending the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people until that date as well.
"We're all incredibly eager to move on from this phase of our lives. But if we act too soon, we could risk a spike in infections that could force our state to revert to serious restrictions again," Gov. Baker said at the press conference on Tuesday.And this scenario would be far worse for our economy and our communities."
The stay-at-home advisory was originally supposed to end on May 4. Yesterday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city would not be reopening on that date.
Gov. Baker also announced a new advisory board for reopening the state. It will be lead by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. However, Baker stressed that data and health experts will ultimately decide the timeline for when it's best for Massachusetts to reopen.