BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order Monday morning for all non-essential businesses in the Commonwealth to close starting at noon Tuesday, as coronavirus cases grow across Massachusetts.
The order, along with a "stay at home" advisory, will be in place through April 7.
But what qualifies as "essential" according to the order? A complete list of "essential services" can be found from mass.gov here, but here's our breakdown of what industries and workplaces will continue to operate normally:
- Supermarkets and pharmacies
- Restaurants, but only for take-out and delivery—and only if they're properly following social distancing guidelines.
- Certain day care and child care centers, but only for the children of essential workers. A list of exempt child care centers can be found here.
- Healthcare, public health, and human services
- Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
- Convenience stores
- Gas stations
- Liquor stores
- Energy industry—including electrical, petroleum, natural and propane gas, and steam plant workers
- Water and wastewater industry
- Public Works departments
- Laundromats and laundry services
- Auto repair shops
- Hardware stores
- Pet supply stores
- Public transit
- Communications and information industry
- News media
- Chemical and hazardous materials industries
- Critical manufacturing of materials needed for medical supplies, including the production of personal protective equipment
- Financial services
- Defense industry