Hello Friends,

Due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, today Governor Baker directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory and ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and organizations in Massachusetts.

Our office is working with local, state, and federal partners to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 and to mitigate the pandemic’s impact on the health and well-being of people in our communities and across the Commonwealth.

I’m sharing a summary below of the changes that have been enacted to-date, along with information on resources that may be helpful to you.
 
We hope that you, and those you care about, are healthy and safe. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at kate.hogan@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2199. This email and phone number are the most efficient ways to contact us right now and the best way to ensure a prompt response to your inquiry. I also post updates daily on Facebook.

Best,
Signature
Kate Hogan
State Representative
Third Middlesex District
(617) 722-2199
UPDATE FROM GOV. BAKER
Governor Baker is providing daily updates on the Commonwealth’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s the latest:
As of today, March 23, there are 777 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported nine deaths from COVID-19.  More than 2,054 people have been quarantined and 1,168 are currently undergoing monitoring/quarantined. 8,922 Massachusetts residents have been tested for COVID-19 by the State Public Health Laboratory and commercial and clinical labs. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health  shares updated numbers on its website  each day.
 
Today, Governor Baker directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols.

Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period. Residents over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions, who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19, should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.

The Governor also ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses and organizations , beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 24 and through April 7. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely if possible. A list of essential businesses is available here .
 
In addition to ordering residents to stay at home, Governor Baker advises everyone to practice “ social distancing ,” which means avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
 
 
 
By order of Gov. Baker, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited , a reduction from the 25 person limit established in an earlier order. 
 
Grocery and drug stores may remain open.
 
Colleges and universities, both public and private, are urged to reduce the need for students to be on campus.

Employers are encouraged to support alternative work arrangements, including allowing employees to work from home.

Public & Private daycare providers will be closed effective March 23, and Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs will be established to provide priority access for families of emergency personnel, medical staff, and others critical to confronting COVID-19.

Professional Licenses for individuals in good standing will be extended for 90-days after the end of the public health emergency.
 
The MBTA is reducing service for light rail, commuter rail and buses. Buses are operating on a Saturday schedule. Ferry service is discontinued at this time. The Ride will continue to operate normally.