BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Baker has released a list of which businesses qualify as "essential" during the coronavirus pandemic, and he is ordering all other businesses to work remotely until the new emergency order deadline of May 4th.
Based on updated federal guidance, the Baker Administration has updated its “COVID-19 Essential Services” list, which details the specific businesses that are permitted to remain open, and goes into effect on April 1 at noon.
The list of "COVID-19 Essential Services" includes:
- Health Care/Public Health/Human Services,
- Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders
- Food and Agriculture
- Waste and Wastewater
- Transportation and Logistics
- Public Works & Infrastructure Support Services
- Communications and Information Technology
- Other Community e.g. Education or Government-Based Operations And Essential Functions
- Critical Manufacturing
- Hazardous Materials
- Financial Services
- Chemical Services
- Defense Industrial Base
- Commercial Facilities
- Residential/Shelter Facilities And Services
- Hygiene Products And Services
- Construction-Related Activities
You can read the full description of each service here.
According to the statement, these businesses do not need to take any further action in order to continue operating, and they will not receive a designation or certification from the Commonwealth specific to their individual company.
The Governor's announcement urges essential workers to continue to follow social distancing protocols in accordance with Department of Public Health guidance.
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