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Posted on: April 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Updates COVID-19 Orders & Guidance

Seal of the Governor of Massachusetts

The Baker-Polito Administration announced on Tuesday, March 31st several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak including extending the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 4. The Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. The Town of Amherst reinforces the guidelines and order’s from the Governor’s office.

  • Extends Essential Services Only until May 4th (details below)
  • No gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4th

Essential Services Order: Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 4. Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order. This order also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4th.

The Administration updated the “COVID-19 Essential Services” list, which is based on federal guidance that was updated earlier this week. The new list will go into effect on April 1, at noon.  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 (DPH).

Some of the updates to the list of the essential services include:

  • Clarity around the supply chain that supports other essential services
  • Adding health care providers like chiropractors and optometrists
  • Expanding the types of workers providing disinfectant and sanitation services
  • Click here for the essential services extension order. 
  • Click here for the full list of categories of “COVID-19 Essential Services.” (PDF)
  • Click here for COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs created by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Stay at Home Advisory: Governor announced that the advisory will remain in effect. Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary person to person contact during this time period. Residents who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19  should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible. No social gatherings larger than 10 people and urging everyone to practice social distancing and stay at home measures.

Click here for the Stay-At-Home Advisory.

Contact: Brianna Sunryd 

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