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Governor Baker has announced a series of new targeted measures intended to curb COVID-19 transmission announced by Governor Baker yesterday (11/2). Each of the four measures, implemented through a series of orders and advisories, will be effective Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:01 AM.
Gathering OrderThe Governor signed an updated order further limiting the allowable size of gatherings at private residences. Under the order, indoor gathering are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Full text of the updated order is available here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-54/download
Stay at Home AdvisoryThe Department of Public Health has issued at Stay at Home Advisory, under which Massachusetts residents are advised to stay at home between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Certain essential activities, such as traveling to working, are allowed under the advisory. Full text of the advisory is available here: https://www.mass.gov/news/stay-at-home-advisory
Face Covering OrderGovernor Baker signed an updated face covering order which eliminates exceptions provided in the initial order. Under the revised order, face coverings are required in all public settings, even in those where it may be possible to maintain a 6 foot distance from others. Exempts are still available to residents who are able to furnish proof of a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Full text of the updated order is available here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-55/download
Early Closure of BusinessesGovernor Baker issued a new order requiring the closure of certain businesses at 9:30 PM, including: restaurants (dine-in service only, takeout and delivery service not included), liquor stores, adult-use marijuana retail locations, gyms, museums indoor and outdoor events and entertainment venues. This order is intended to align with the Stay At Home Advisory. Full text of the order is available here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-order-53/download