The state’s Emergency Order regulating the closure of non-essential businesses will remain in effect until May 18, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.
The Stay At Home Order and the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people will also remain in effect.
There was indication that businesses could begin to open in phases after May 18, as the governor appointed a Reopening Advisory Board to come up with a plan to reopen the Massachusetts economy. Led by Lt. Gov. Karen Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, the board will devise rules and guidance for businesses, based on health data and input from a host of stakeholders, including medical professionals, business owners and “Main Streets” across the Commonwealth, among others. Safety is a priority, the governor said.
While cases of COVID-19 have continued to decline across the state, especially on Cape Cod, the governor is proceeding with caution about opening up too quickly until the danger is documented to have passed significantly.
Check mass.gov for more state updates on COVID-19 and any protocols for businesses.