Governor Baker activates National Guard for COVID-19 response

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP)– Governor Charlie Baker is activating the Massachusetts National Guard to support the state’s efforts in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

The order authorizes activation of up to 2,000 National Guard members across the state, who will be tasked with supporting requests from state agencies for equipment, logistics, warehousing, and related duties.

Local cities, towns, and state agencies should submit requests for support through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).

“Activating the National Guard will help support our Administration’s efforts to keep residents safe and secure during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The expertise of the Massachusetts National Guard will benefit our communities with logistical support and other assistance as we continue to respond to this crisis.”

The activation order reflects Governor Baker’s statutory authority to activate the Massachusetts National Guard under state active duty to provide necessary assistance to state and municipal civilian authorities. 

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