Coronavirus: Here's What Will Be Open And Closed In Massachusetts

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Sunday, Gov. Charlie Baker put out an order that limits the number of people in public spaces to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

In the order, Baker said that gatherings “of over 25 people are prohibited throughout the Commonwealth.”

This includes any “community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space,” according to the order.

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Baker Closes Schools, Restricts Restaurants To Takeout And Delivery

However, there are some exceptions. Here’s what will still be open during this order that does not apply to the 25 person rule:

  1. Airports
  2. Bus and train stations
  3. Medical facilities
  4. Libraries
  5. Shopping malls and centers
  6. Polling locations
  7. Grocery or retail stores
  8. Pharmacies
  9. Other spaces where 25 or more persons may be in transit

In addition, the order does not apply to events without spectators, or environments where it is unusual for people to be within arm's length of each other, according to Department of Public Health guidelines.

The order goes into effect Tuesday, March 17 and remains in place until April 6th.

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