The governor has issued an emergency order for only essential services to continue operating and reduced the 25-person gathering limit to 10.
All businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24, at noon until Tuesday, April 7, at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
Essential services include:
  • Health Care and Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Critical Manufacturing, Chemical Manufacturing and Hazardous Materials
  • Transportation and Energy
  • Water and Wastewater, Public Works
  • Communications and Information Technology, Financial Services
  • Defense Industry Base
  • Community-Based Essential Functions and Government Operations
  • News Media
This list is based on federal guidance and amended to reflect the needs of Massachusetts’ unique economy. While these businesses are designated as essential, they are urged to follow social distancing protocols for workers in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health.
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