BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Charlie Baker has ordered all public and private schools across the state to close for three weeks, and restricted restaurants to takeout and delivery service only.
In addition, Baker has capped the number of people allowed at public gatherings to 25. The sweeping precautions go into effect Tuesday, and are scheduled to lift on April 6.
Baker's order comes after the number of cases in the state reached 164, with nearly 1,000 residents tested so far.
"I realize these measures are unprecedented, but we're asking our residents to take a deep breath and understand the rationale behind this guidance," the governor said. “If we take decisive steps now and everyone plays their part by following the best medical guidance, we can slow down the spread."
The order does not apply to grocery or retail businesses.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas reports: