BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts Gov. Baker ordered all businesses that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close Tuesday in an effort to combat coronavirus. Workers in certain industries will be allowed to operate normally:

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants and bars selling food and beverages for take-out and delivery
  • Hardware stores
  • Liquor stores
  • Medical facilities
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Law enforcement and first responders
  • Food manufacturers and their suppliers
  • Farms
  • HVAC
  • Hotels
  • Laundry services
  • Water and wastewater
  • Public works
  • Information technology
  • Financial services
  • Defense industry base
  • Chemical manufacturing and hazardous materials
  • Essential community and government operations
  • News media

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Comments (3)
  1. victoria key says:

    would financial services mean businesses like h&r block?

  2. David Hazel says:

    What about golf courses? Easy social distancing and a good opportunity to get outdoors.

  3. Joseph MacBride says:

    Why are Liquor stores deemed essential?

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