Governor Baker: All schools, non-emergency childcare centers to remain closed until at least May 4

Massachusetts

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker announced Wednesday afternoon that all schools and non-emergency childcare centers must remain closed until at least May 4.

Baker said educators will continue to ensure all students have resources to keep learning remotely during the extended closure.

“This is not an extended school vacation,” Baker said. “During this longterm closure the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will work with school districts to further develop educational programing students can use at home. This way schools can prepare for their student’s return in May.”

The governor also announced a new public health order going into effect regarding grocery stores and pharmacies. Under the new order:

  • Reusable bags are temporarily prohibited; Fees for plastic and paper bags have been lifted
  • All grocery stores and pharmacies must offer reserved shopping hours for those 60+
  • All grocery stores and pharmacies are required to offer sanitation options such as hand sanitizer and wipes for carts
  • All checkout lines must have ‘social distancing markers’ to keep shoppers 6 feet away from each other
  • All self-serve food stations must close
  • Grocery store employees instructed to stay home if sick, employers required to accommodate high risk employees with temporary reassignment

Eleven people have died from coronavirus in Massachusetts. The amount of cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth has increased to 1,159 as of 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier this week Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to close until at least April 7. He also issued a stay-at-home advisory for all residents. Here’s what it means for you: Massachusetts stay-at-home advisory FAQ

LIST: Essential businesses to remain open in Massachusetts

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