• The Boston Pops Orchestra has cancelled its spring 2020 season

• A worker at a Shaw’s distribution center in Methuen has tested positive for the coronavirus

• Five residents have died of coronavirus at a Brockton care facility, 28 others have tested positive

• The AGs office will investigate the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home now that 27 veterans have died, many of whom tested positive for coronavirus.

• Massachusetts reports 77 new coronavirus deaths and 1,588 more cases

• Massachusetts will start reporting race and ethnicity data in its coronavirus numbers

• Massachusetts is releasing guidelines to hospitals about how to distribute resources like ventilators in a worst-case scenario

• Baker announces steps to protect health care providers and hospitals from lawsuits

• AdviniaCare in Wilmington says 77 out of 91 residents have tested positive for coronavirus

• Attorney General Maura Healey launches investigation into Holyoke Soldiers’ Home where 25 veterans have died

• Big Y will close Easter Sunday and Monday to give retail workers a break

• Massachusetts grocery stores must now limit capacity to 40%

TUESDAY, April 7

• Massachusetts reports 96 new coronavirus deaths and 1,365 more cases

• Gov. Baker said Massachusetts to invest $800 million in hospitals and health care providers to help with lost revenue during coronavirus crisis

• More than 76,000 tests for coronavirus so far in Massachusetts, governor said

• State has delivered 95 of the 100 ventilators it’s received from the federal stockpile

• Massachusetts creates nursing home family resource line: 617-660-5399

• 2,035 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths in Boston as of Monday, according to Mayor Marty Walsh

• Walsh said parking tickets for health care workers will be waived

• Mayor said Boston hospitals will need to add capacity to their morgues because of coronavirus

• Boston Pride is postponing 50th anniversary celebrations until June 2021

• Salem Market Basket employee dies after coronavirus diagnosis

• Coronavirus courier crashed on Seekonk highway, but samples were not damaged

• Everett begins curfew for all non-essential employees to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until April 20.

• Major League Baseball looks at possibly playing all games in Arizona

MONDAY, April 6

• Gov. Charlie Baker and wife Lauren announce COVID-19 relief fund for Massachusetts

• Massachusetts reports 1,337 new coronavirus cases and 29 more deaths

• Four more veterans have died at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

• Tufts University will offer its dorms to house patients, health care workers and first responders

• 37 inmates at Mass. prisons have tested positive (24 at MTC, 8 at Shirley , 4 at Framingham, 1 at Bridgewater). Three inmates have died.

• B.A.A., John Hancock donate 124 Boston Marathon entry bibs to hospitals to boost fundraising

• UMass-Amherst dining services worker tests positive for coronavirus, first confirmed case on campus

• 3 veterans at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home have died from coronavirus

SUNDAY, April 5

• The Department of Public Health announced 15 new deaths and 764 additional cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts as of Sunday

• All sports parks in Boston are closed temporarily. Mayor Marty Walsh said too many people were still playing sports and not practicing social distancing

• A recommended curfew is now in place in Boston for at least the next three weeks. People are asked to not go outside from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the city is asking everyone to cover their face when they leave their house in an effort to slow spread of coronavirus. Medical masks are not required, and Walsh says people can use a scarf or cloth instead

• Gov. Baker said he believes the CDC’s latest guidance that people should wear masks in public if they are unable to properly socially distance is “perfectly appropriate”

• Massachusetts received an order of 100 ventilators Saturday night from the federal stockpile. They are being unpacked and will be distributed by the state, Gov. Baker said

• Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited Gillette Stadium, which is set to open as a testing site for first responders


• The Department of Public Health reported 1,334 new positive coronavirus cases and 24 deaths Saturday

• Gillette Stadium will open state’s second COVID-19 testing site for first responders

• Massachusetts Bar postpones July exams until Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

• Brookline postpones the town election originally scheduled for May, moving it to June 9

FRIDAY, April 3

Baker signs bill allowing some restaurants to offer beer and wine with takeout and delivery orders

CDC recommends use of of non-medical masks, President Trump announces

Massachusetts reports 38 new coronavirus deaths and 1,436 new cases

• Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules anyone who is not being held without bail and who has not been charged with a “violent or serious offense” shall be released from jail

• Massachusetts announces COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative as a better way to trace close contacts of those who get infected

• Gov. Baker says more than 56,000 coronavirus tests have been performed so far in Massachusetts

• Free, drive-thru testing for first responders only to begin Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro

• State now says 21 veterans at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died, 15 of them tested positive for coronavirus

• Patriots ship 300,000 N95 masks to New York City for the coronavirus crisis there

• James Taylor postpones June 21 concert at Fenway Park

• “Clap Because We Care” event across Massachusetts begins at 7 p.m.


Massachusetts reports 1,228 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths

• Three more veterans from the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home have died, bringing total number of deaths to 18

• Boston pledges $3 million to help people pay rent and mortgages

• Boston sets up small business relief fund at

• Construction has begun on setting up 500 beds in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

• Mayor Walsh says Boston has seen more than 1,000 cases and 10 deaths from coronavirus

• Gov. Baker says projected coronavirus infections in Massachusetts will range somewhere “between 47,000 and 172,000 cases during the course of the pandemic”

• Baker said projected infection rate could be between 0.7 and 2.5 percent of Massachusetts’ population

• Hospitalizations expected to peak between April 10 and 20

• Massachusetts getting N95 mask decontamination system on Monday, April 6

• Patriots plane flies 1.2 million N95 masks from China to Logan Airport in Boston

• Massachusetts closes state beach parking areas, but beaches stay open and some state parks to open early

• U.S. unemployment claims hit record high 6.6 million due to coronavirus crisis layoffs, doubles last week’s record

• 181,062 applied for unemployment in Massachusetts last week, up from 148,452 the week before

• Worcester Red Sox temporarily stop Polar Park construction to slow coronavirus spread

• A dozen veterans at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home test positive for coronavirus, according to I-Team sources

• MCI Shirley medium security prison in lockdown for 14 days after inmate tests positive


• Massachusetts has reported a total of 122 coronavirus deaths and 7,738 confirmed cases

• An MBTA inspector who died Sunday had coronavirus, sources tell WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano

• 5,176 people currently under quarantine in Massachusetts. 3,218 have been released. Total of those quarantined in state during entire crisis now at 8,394

• Former federal prosecutor to lead independent investigation into Holyoke Soldiers’ Home deaths

• 2 veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home die from coronavirus

• BAA offers entry fee refunds for 2020 Boston Marathon, BAA 5k

• MBTA starts temperature checks on workers to slow spread of coronavirus

• Coronavirus testing booth at Brigham and Women’s Hospital helps conserve protective gear

• Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has 82 employees with coronavirus

• Tufts Medical Center says 66 employees have coronavirus

• Justin Bieber postpones summer tour, including Gillette Stadium show

• Boston Archdiocese launches 90-day fundraiser for parishes in coronavirus crisis

• Celtics guard Marcus Smart donating blood plasma for coronavirus research

TUESDAY, March 31

• There were 33 new coronavirus deaths announced on Tuesday and 868 positive tests. There have now been 89 deaths and 6,620 positive tests

250-bed field hospital to be set up at Worcester’s DCU Center

• Baker says Massachusetts hotels and short-term rentals cannot be booked for vacations

• Baker extends stay-at-home advisory, closure of non-essential businesses until May 4

13 veterans at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke have died, 6 tested positive for COVID-19

• Boston Calling music festival in May canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

• Tufts Medical Center says 64 employees have coronavirus

• Archdiocese of Boston says 7 priests have coronavirus

• Suffolk University says 5 students test positive for coronavirus

• Harvard study connects loss of smell with COVID-19

• Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek donate 10,000 medical masks to Boston Medical Center, NJ hospital

MONDAY, March 30

• 11 dead at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, 5 tests positve for COVID-19

• Mass General Hospital says 115 employees have coronavirus

• Mayor Walsh says basketball nets will be zip-tied and the city will take down street hockey and tennis nets at parks

• Mayor Walsh says there are more than 800 coronavirus cases in Boston

• Massachusetts reports 5,752 coronavirus cases and 56 deaths

• New Hampshire reports 314 coronavirus cases

• Tufts Medical Center says 61 employees have tested positive

• Gov. Charlie Baker says coronavirus surge in Massachusetts could start between April 7 and 17

• Massachusetts to get at least 1,000 ventilators from federal government

• Massachusetts conducted nearly 10,000 coronavirus tests over the weekend, bringing total to nearly 40,000

• Massachusetts averaging about 3,500 COVID-19 tests a day at a total of 21 labs

• Six Flags New England will delay its 2020 opening until at least mid-May

• Macy’s furloughs most of its 130,000 workers as sales collapse because of pandemic

• 62 employees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have coronavirus

• New Hampshire toll booths stop making change to slow coronavirus spread

SUNDAY, March 29

• President Trump announced the nationwide social distancing guidelines will remain in place until April 30

• The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 698 new cases of coronavirus and four new deaths. There have now been 4,955 positive tests and 48 deaths

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said a facility in East Boston to test first responders is up and running

• Walsh said people in Boston are not doing enough to social distance, especially by playing sports in city parks

• Massachusetts launched an online portal that will allow companies and individuals to sell or donate much needed medical supplies

• UPS is no longer requiring a signature during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, customers receiving packages may be asked for a photo ID

SATURDAY, March 28

• Hotel Commonwealth is closing until May 2

• A nursing home in Worcester will become the first dedicated coronavirus treatment center 

• Former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tested positive for the coronavirus

• Massachusetts reports 1,107 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths

• VA Boston temporarily closes community-based clinics in Framingham, Quincy, and Plymouth starting Monday

• Boston City Hall artichect Michael McKinnell passes away from coronavirus

• President Trump approves disaster declaration for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

FRIDAY, March 27

• Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel has tested positive for COVID-19

President Trump signs massive coronavirus relief package

Massachusetts reports 823 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

• New Hampshire reports 29 new positive tests, second death

• Rep. Ayanna Pressley tests negative for the coronavirus

• Mayor Walsh says a testing facility for first responders will open in East Boston Saturday

• Mayor Walsh reminds residents to “stay at home, it will save lives”

• Boston is opening a coronavirus testing site at Suffolk Downs for first responders

• Mayor Walsh says 447 Boston residents have tested positive, two have died

• House approves $2.2 trillion economic rescue package, President Trump expected to sign it

• Gov. Charlie Baker says all travelers to Massachusetts will now have to self-quarantine for 14 days

• Massachusetts extends state income tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15

• Massachusetts needs nurses, respiratory therapists and other health care volunteers to fill immediate openings

• RMV now appointment only with “no walk-in” policy due to coronavirus

• Boston Catholics allowed to eat meat on Fridays during Lent due to coronavirus

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital now has 51 employees with coronavirus

• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

• The U.S. now has the most coronavirus cases in the world – 85,000 – moving past China, where it started

THURSDAY, March 26

• Massachusetts now has 25 coronavirus deaths and 2,417 confirmed cases

• Massachusetts requests major disaster declaration from federal government

• The four Massachusetts medical schools are graduating medical students early to help fight the coronavirus

• Newton Pavillion facility in South End will be temporarily re-opened to treat homeless population

• Massachusetts now has 21 labs conducting coronavirus tests

• 7 coronavirus cases reported at Revere senior living facility

• Boston University postpones May commencement ceremony to late August or early Fall

• US unemployment claims soar to record 3.3 million as layoffs from coronavirus cripple economy

• In Massachusetts 147,992 people filed for unemployment last week alone

• MBTA now says a total of 5 employees have coronavirus

• 8 Boston Police officers have coronavirus

• Massachusetts General Hospital says 41 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

• Boston Medical Center says 15 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

• Brigham & Women’s Hospital says 45 employees have tested positive for coronavirus

• Worker at Market Basket in Chelmsford tested positive for coronavirus, last worked on March 15

• Senate passes $2.2 trillion plan to stimulate the economy, now moves to House for vote


• Massachusetts reports 15 deaths and 1,838 confirmed coronavirus cases

• Gov. Baker lifts ban on plastic grocery bags and says stores cannot charge for bags

• Gov. Baker will order grocery stores and pharmacies to make one hour a day exclusively for shoppers over 60

• Gov. Baker orders schools statewide to stay closed until May 4

• Rep. Seth Moulton to self-quarantine after experiencing coronavirus symptoms

• After experiencing flu-like symptoms, Rep. Ayanna Pressley has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting results

• 3 MBTA bus drivers test positive for coronavirus

• 197 coronavirus cases in Boston so far and 21 have made full recoveries

• 2147 Mass. residents under quarantine, 1655 have completed quarantine

• Mayor Marty Walsh announced Boston is providing several new resources for small businesses

• Walsh allows temporary use of plastic bags at Boston stores

• 2 Boston University students, 1 staff member test positive for coronavirus

• Nantucket Hospital asks travelers to stay away from the island

• White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus pandemic stimulus deal

• Prince Charles tests positive for coronavirus

• BU lab to use live coronavirus to test thousands of drugs for treatment

• Coronavirus patient rode 4 buses between Logan Airport and Concord, NH, health officials say

TUESDAY, March 24

• Massachusetts reports 11 coronavirus deaths and 1,159 confirmed cases

• Massachusetts launches new coronavirus text alerts for residents: text COVIDMA to 888777 to sign up for updates

• Nearly 9,000 coronavirus tests completed, up from 6,000 Sunday, and 10 additional labs submitting test results to DPH

• All non-essential businesses in-person operations in Massachusetts closed at noon

• Two Boston firefighters test positive for coronavirus

• Baker proposes allowing Mass. restaurants to offer beer and wine with takeout and delivery

• Harvard President Larry Bacow and his wife test positive for coronavirus and are being treated at home

• MIT moves May commencement online

• Emerson College postpones commencement

• One Boston EMS worker tests positive for coronavirus

• Employee at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department tests positive for coronavirus

• Salvation Army closes dropoff locations, suspends pickup service due to coronavirus

• Mass Audubon, Trustees of Reservations shut down outdoor facilities due to coronavirus

• Tokyo Olympics officially postponed to 2021 by International Olympic Committee

MONDAY, March 23

Massachusetts reports 9 deaths, 777 confirmed coronavirus cases

Boston Resiliency Fund has raised $17 million from more than 1,500 donors

• Boston will get advice on battling the coronavirus from retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s consulting firm

• Mayor Walsh reminds residents there is no need to panic-buy or hoard groceries

• Mayor Walsh says a second Boston resident has died of coronavirus

• Here’s a list of “essential” businesses and services that can remain open in Massachusetts

• Gov. Baker: “Everyone is advised to stay home and limit all unnecessary activities.”

• Gov. Baker orders non-essential businesses to close starting Tuesday at noon

• CVS will be adding 50,000 jobs and give its employees bonuses for their work during the coronavirus pandemic

• Monday marks the first day all Massachusetts daycares must be closed, with the exception of facilities allowed to stay open to care for children of essential workers

• A complete list of Exempt Emergency Childcare programs can be found online

SUNDAY, March 22

• Star Markets and Shaw’s stores are installing plexiglass dividers between customers and cashiers in checkout lanes

• CambridgeSide announced the shopping center will close starting Sunday until at least March 29

• The town of Whitman ordered all non-essential businesses to close on Monday

• There were 121 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state’s total to 646

• The Department of Public Health announced three more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the death total to five

• Nantucket reports first coronavirus case; shelter-in-place order issued for the island

• A Boston Police officer tested positive for coronavirus

• Market Basket changing store hours to 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Senior shopping hours Tues-Thurs 5:30-7 a.m.

• Beginning Sunday, Best Buy will begin “contactless curbside service” for customers

SATURDAY, March 21

• A woman in her 50s from Middlesex County becomes the second person to die from the coronavirus in Massachusetts

• A VA Boston nurse in Brockton tests positive for the coronavirus

• A student at Attleboro High school tests positive for the coronavirus

• Coronavirus cases in Massachusetts grow by 112, bringing total to 525

•  Somerville Mayor Joseph Curatone orders many businesses to close, urges Gov. Baker to enact a shelter in place

• Gov. Charlie Baker said the state’s ability to test for coronavirus has grown significantly and announced emergency daycare sites will open Monday

• Gloucester has ordered all “personal care businesses” including hair salons, tanning salons, and gyms close by Sunday

• The drive-thru coronavirus test site at CVS in Shrewsbury officially opens from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, by appointment only

• An inmate at Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater tested positive for COVID-19

FRIDAY, March 20

• One employee at one at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence has tested positive for coronavirus

• The MBTA asks passengers on the Green Line and on the Mattapan line at ground level stops to use the back door to aid social distancing

• Nine workers at Brigham and Women’s tested positive for the coronavirus

• Ten workers at Tufts Medical Center tested positive for the coronavirus

• The City of Worcester opened an emergency shelter at the North High School at 4 p.m.

• The Massachusetts RMV extended motor vehicle inspections and commercial driver’s license and permit deadlines

• The City of Braintree has ordered personal care businesses to close (hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, tattoo shops)

• College of the Holy Cross said they would do an in-person graduation ceremony

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital is testing an experimental drug called remdesivir that could treat coronavirus

• AG Maura Healey said 20,000 people filed for unemployment in Massachusetts on Monday

• The BBB warned the public that scammers will try and take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic

• Boston Water and Sewer Commission warns residents not to put anything but toilet paper in the toilet

• Massachusetts reports 413 confirmed cases of coronavirus

•  Mayor Walsh says Boston hospitals still need supplies, asks for donations

•  Mayor Walsh says there are 67 cases of coronavirus in Boston

•  Massachusetts Life Sciences companies asked to donate equipment to healthcare providers

•  Gov. Baker says administration will be taking action to make sure homeowners and renters are protected

•  Gov. Baker re-iterates that no shelter-in-place order is being planned in Massachusetts

•  Harvard postpones May commencement ceremony

•  Massachusetts reports first coronavirus death, Suffolk County man in his 80s had pre-existing health conditions

•  Donations to Boston Resiliency Fund exceed $15 million, Mayor Walsh says

•  Somerville has suspended “all personal services and general retail” starting Sunday, excluding grocery stores, laundromats, and stores selling essential goods

•  President Trump says student loan payments can be suspended for 60 days with no penalty

•  Tax Day moved from April 15 to July 15, Treasury Secretary says

•  Hannafords will donate $250,000 to food banks across New England and New York

RMV locations in Wilmington and Milford will be open on Friday, but only for commercial transactions

Kohl’s joined the list of stores that will close due to coronavirus. The store hopes to reopen on April 1

THURSDAY, March 19

• Celtics guard Marcus Smart tested positive, but said he is feeling good

• Gov. Baker activates Massachusetts National Guard to support coronavirus response

• New MA numbers:  328 coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, up 72 since Wednesday

• Ex-Biogen employee investigated for travel to China while sick

• Nurses Union tells Gov. Baker there isn’t enough personal protective equipment

• Steamship Authority delays start of high-speed ferry service to Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority until April 24

• Elderly resident at Cape Cod Senior Residences in Pocasset diagnosed with coronavirus

• Tufts University student tests positive for the coronavirus; student is in isolation and receiving care

• Brigham and Women’s hospital will no longer allow visitors except in special circumstances

• State Department advises Americans to avoid all international travel

• Gov. Baker Tells President Trump Massachusetts has lost out to the federal government in bids for supplies

• Coronavirus pandemic pushing gas prices down nationwide and in Massachusetts

• Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island is suspending all travel-related wishes

• TJX is closing all stores and websites for the next two weeks

• President Trump suggests the malaria drug Chloroquine might be able to help treat the virus

• FDA will fast track anti-viral treatments for patients with coronavirus

• Gov. Baker expects “enormous increase” in state’s coronavirus testing ability

• Health Sec. Marylou Sudders said Massachusetts should be able to test 3,500 people a day by next week

• Suffolk DA Rollins seeks release of low-risk prisoners vulnerable to the virus

• Massachusetts RMV starts a ticket system to reduce long waits for services at branches

• USS Constitution adds live, daily, virtual tours

• Nantucket sees increase in visitors as summer residents look to isolate on island from coronavirus


Coronavirus cases in Massachusetts reach 256 after 38 new positive tests

• Gov. Baker is waiving the one-week waiting period for new unemployment claims

• All early education centers and child care providers to close on Monday, March 23

• CVS in Shrewsbury launches a pilot drive-thru coronavirus testing site

• Members of the Building Trades Unions ask construction workers to donate new, unopened respirators to the Boston Public Health Commission

• All Simon Malls nationwide are closing Wednesday

• Mayor Walsh says there are no plans for a shelter-in-place in Boston, but the city is monitoring coronavirus “hour-by-hour”

• There are no plans to close homeless shelters in Boston, Mayor Walsh says

• There will be no ticketing or towing of cars once street cleaning starts next week in Boston, Mayor Walsh says

• 1,168 people remain quarantined in Massachusetts due to coronavirus

• Boston Symphony Orchestra extends performance cancellations through May 2

• President Trump announces he is invoking Defense Production Act to increase the production of medical supplies and equipment

• President announces federal health officials are working on a ‘self-swab’ test

• All U.S. hospitals asked to delay elective procedures

• HUD suspending foreclosures and evictions

• U.S and Canada close border to non-essential travel

• The Registry of Motor Vehicles re-opened eight of its 30 locations for customers with immediate needs and there were long lines

• MBTA adds bus and train service after reductions Tuesday go too far, leaving trains and buses packed

• Some stores opening exclusively to seniors first to curb coronavirus spread

TUESDAY, March 17

• Massachusetts reports 218 positive coronavirus cases, 21 more than Monday

• All Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are temporarily closing

• $5 million emergency fund to be dispersed to local boards of health

• Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is not planning a “shelter-in-place” order

• Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urges social distancing

• “We’re looking at sending checks to Americans immediately,” Treasury Sec. Mnuchin says.

• Boston’s Carney Hospital dedicating care center to treating coronavirus patients

• UMass Amherst postpones commencement scheduled for Friday, May 8

Biogen pledged $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts.

• Kentucky Derby postponed

• AMC and Regal movie theaters will close nationwide beginning Tuesday for 6-12 weeks

• Starting Tuesday, the T will operate on a Saturday schedule, buses will as well, the Commuter Rail will offer a reduced schedule, and there will no ferry service in or out of Boston

• Dropkick Murphys are playing a concert Tuesday night that will be available via live stream for St. Patrick’s Day

MONDAY, March 16

• There are now 197 cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts, an increase of 33 since Sunday

• Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said a $10 million fund has been established to help small businesses impacted by coronavirus

• Stop & Shop will have special hours each morning only for people over 60 years old, starting Thursday

• President Trump urges people not to gather in groups larger than 10, avoid discretionary travel, bars, and restaurants for 15 days

• New Hampshire orders restaurants and bars to offer only take-out, delivery, and drive-thru until April 7

“Boston Resiliency Fund” established to help people most severely impacted by coronavirus, with a focus on childcare

• Boston Public Library branches to shut down starting Monday night

• Mayor Walsh announces halt to construction work in Boston starting Tuesday

• Massachusetts trial courts have been closed to the public Monday and Tuesday

• The Town of Wellesley announced its local election scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed. A court order gives officials the authority to reschedule the election for a future date prior to June 30.

• MLB pushes start of season until at least mid-May

• College Board cancels May 2 SAT

• The MBTA is reducing bus and train service starting Tuesday to slow the spread of coronavirus

• Rhode Island to start restaurant restrictions from March 17 to March 30, Providence Place Mall to shut down

• All Massachusetts RMV branches will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

• New Balance temporarily closing offices, factories and stores until March 27 to slow the spread of coronavirus.

• Plimoth Plantation is now closed ‘until further notice

• Mail, FedEx, Amazon, UPS will continue delivering despite coronavirus

• Google says it’s working with the US government to develop a national coronavirus website

SUNDAY, March 15

• Walmart says 24-hour stores will now be open from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. to give workers more time to clean and stock shelves

Northeastern University announces a student is among the presumptive positive coronavirus cases in Massachusetts

• A clinical trial of a vaccine developed by Cambridge-based Moderna and the National Institutes of Health is set to begin Monday, according to a government official

• Harvard University students hit their move out deadline as classes move online

• Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all Massachusetts schools close, restaurants to only offer take-out or delivery, and gatherings with more than 25 people are prohibited beginning Tuesday

• Arlington closed public playgrounds and encouraged child care facilities to close

• The number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts jumped to 164 Sunday, up from 138

• Mayor Marty Walsh declares public health emergency in Boston because of coronavirus concerns

• Walsh puts restrictions on Boston bars, restaurants, clubs to reduce capacity and close by 11 p.m. or face shut down for 30 days

• As New Hampshire cases jump to 13, Gov. Chris Sununu orders state schools closed for three weeks, switch to remote learning due to coronavirus issue

• Massachusetts has tested 799 patients for coronavirus as of Sunday, according to DPH

• South Boston bars, restaurants closed Sunday in voluntary agreement to slow spread of coronavirus

• Brigham and Women’s Hospital health care worker infected with coronavirus

• Nike closing all U.S. stores from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 to slow coronavirus spread

• Framingham announces third case of coronavirus there

SATURDAY, March 14

• Mass. Eye and Ear confirms one of their health care professionals tested positive for coronavirus and that they’re contacting people who may have been affected

• Stop & Shop announces reduced hours and suspends delivery service

• Northeastern University, which had previously said students could stay on campus, is now requiring that on-campus students move out by March 17 at 5 p.m.

• Massachusetts reports 15 new positive coronavirus tests, bringing state total to 138

• Starting Sunday, the Worcester Public Library will be closed until further notice

• Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino will temporarily close for at least two weeks

• Gov. Charlie Baker establishes coronavirus command center

Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital released updated policies, limiting the number of visitors

• Boston officials say they will hold a meeting Monday to review their emergency response, the public is encouraged to view the meeting via livestream

FRIDAY, March 13

Boston Public Schools closed from March 17 until April 27

• UMass Amherst is suspending all in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester.

• Massachusetts reports 15 new positive coronavirus tests, bringing state total to 123

• Boston Archdiocese suspending all daily and Sunday Masses

• Massachusetts is prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or more in the state

• Two private labs in Mass., LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, given federal approval to help with testing

• Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services says testing capabilities at state lab will double next week, from 200 a day to 400 a day

• Boston Archdiocese closes all 77 parish schools, elementary and high schools through March 27

• Boston Marathon officially postponed to Sept. 14

• Logan named one of 13 airports to screen passengers from Europe

• USS Constitution suspending public tours

• State health officials say coronavirus testing will increase significantly next week as the state lab will be able to double their testing capacity and two commercial labs have gained federal approval to test.

• Freedom Trail sites closing including, Old State House, Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House, USS Constitution, Museum of African American History and Old North Church

• The 2020 Masters Tournament has been postponed

• Boston Flower Show announces it will end early, on Friday night rather than Sunday

• Mayor Marty Walsh says Boston Public Schools will be open next week

• Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issues coronavirus guidance.

• Lawrence Mayor puts 60 day moratorium on evictions

• Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court postpones all new jury trials until at least April 21

• Massachusetts prisons suspend all family and friend visits

• Senate candidates Joe Kennedy and Ed Markey pause campaign events

• NBA says coronavirus hiatus will last at least 30 days

• Encore Boston Harbor to temporarily close nightclubs, buffets, and theaters

THURSDAY, March 12

• Number of positive coronavirus tests in Massachusetts rises to 108

• Governor Charlie Baker signs a supplemental budget providing $15 million to support the state’s preparedness and prevention efforts for coronavirus

• Lesley University extends students’ spring break for a week then moves to online classes

• Acton-Boxborough schools will be closed for a week

• Tufts University says an undergraduate has tested positive for coronavirus

• Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says only essential personnel will report to work as of March 16

• NCAA March Madness canceled

• MIAA cancels Basketball and Ice Hockey Championship games

• MIAA votes to delay start of spring sports season

• Everett Public Schools will close for 30 days through April 27

• Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Lexington, Medford, Somerville, Brookline, Needham, Watertown and Winchester announce they are closing for two weeks through at least March 27

• Concord Public Schools will be closed from Friday through March 20

• Westwood Public Schools will be closed from Friday through March 20

• Norwood Public Schools closed through March 20

• Gov. Baker is asking the Trump administration to expand the availability of coronavirus tests at state clinics

• Boston Archdiocese says Masses will continue

• Major League Baseball is delaying Opening Day by at least two weeks

• The Boston Symphony Orchestra is canceling performances through March 28

• Boch Center cancels performances through March 30

• Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, ICA, the New England Aquarium, Children’s Museum and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are closing temporarily

The Boston Marathon won’t be run Monday April 20 as planned and it could be rescheduled to the fall

• Wellesley Public Schools will be closed for two weeks starting Friday

• Federal courts delaying all trials in Massachusetts scheduled to begin before April 27

• NHL pauses season due to coronavirus concerns

• Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston, linked To 77 Mass. coronavirus cases, shut down

• New Hampshire announces 6th positive coronavirus test, a man from Rockingham County

• All New Hampshire Superior Court trials canceled for next 30 days

• The remainder of the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament, which included UMass, is canceled

• UMass suspends team travel, no fans allowed at on-campus games

• Major League Soccer suspends 2020 season for 30 days because of coronavirus pandemic

• Salem High School dismisses students, all Salem Public Schools will be closed Friday

• The Patriot League, which includes Boston University and Holy Cross, cancels spring sports

• NHL tells teams not to hold practices or team meetings

• Milford public schools closed Thursday and Friday after a staff member at Woodland Elementary School put in quarantine

• Emerson College says Utah Jazz practiced at their gym prior to game in Boston last week

• Wilmington public schools closed Thursday after parent found symptomatic for coronavirus, large non-essential community events cancelled for 30 days


Three new positive tests for coronavirus in Massachusetts bring state total to 95

• President Trump suspends travel from Europe to U.S. for next 30 days with exemptions for Americans who have had “appropriate screening” and for travel from UK.

• NBA suspends season after Utah Jazz player tests positive, Celtics in self-quarantine

• Boston closes Eliot K-8 School’s three campuses after a member of the school community has presumptive case of coronavirus

• Somerville schools close for two days for cleaning after three presumptive cases are found in parents and staff  member’s spouse

• Weston schools close until March 18 after a student shows signs of coronavirus

• Hopkinton closes schools for the rest of the week after two coronavirus cases reported in town

• Bedford High School closed after student’s parents test presumptive positive for coronavirus

• Boston ComicCon postpones event at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

• Men’s and women’s March Madness NCAA tournaments will be held without fans

• Boston Bruins postpone ceremony to honor the 1970 Stanley Cup Team

• Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduce the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus

• CDC announces Massachusetts will receive $11,649,309.30 to combat coronavirus

• Scituate postpones St. Patrick’s Day Parade

• Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science extends spring break, moves to online classes for the rest of semester

• Curry College extends spring break and moves to online classes indefinitely

• Tufts Medical Center reschedules non-urgent appointments

• State restricts visitors to nursing homes and rest homes

• Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department suspends all visits except attorneys

• Dropkick Murphys March 13 concert at Encore Boston Harbor rescheduled to Friday, November 6

• Boston College moves to online learning

• Brandeis University moves all classes online by March 26; campus will remain open

• Emmanuel College extends spring break through March 17 and move to online-only classes through March 27

• UMass students at all campuses told not to return from spring break until at least April 3, classes move online due to coronavirus

• Boston University going online only through April 13; BU suggests, but does not require, students to leave campus

• Northeastern moves to online classes only starting Thursday, but students can stay in dorms

• Ivy League cancels all spring sports

• All Framingham schools closed for cleaning Thursday, after parent of Potter Road Elementary student tests positive

• JFK Library closes for possible coronavirus exposure, asks recent visitors to monitor health

• Massachusetts DPH says 445 people being monitored under quarantine for possible coronavirus exposure

• Salem public schools cancels all field trips, large group events through March 15

• MIAA Basketball Tournament D3 boys (Sutton vs Sabis) and D4 girls (Maynard vs Monson) games postponed

• Clark Avenue Middle School in Chelsea closed for cleaning as staff member is tested for coronavirus

• Rhode Island announces 2 new coronavirus cases, increasing state total to 5

Encore Casino begins taking temperature of symptomatic guests and employees

• 2 Natick High School students among latest coronavirus cases

Hopkinton, Wayland close schools for cleaning after residents tested positive for coronavirus

TUESDAY, March 10

• Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declares State of Emergency

• Massachusetts DPH announces 51 new positive tests, bringing state total to 92

• Gov. Baker says public schools will have relief from attendance and school days requirements

• New rules announced for screening of Massachusetts nursing home visitors

• VA announces no visitors to be allowed at VA nursing homes, except for end of life patients.

Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Emerson, and Smith Colleges institute online learning, sending students home

• New Hampshire reports 1 new coronavirus case, bringing state total to 5

Stow teacher tests positive, 15 students quarantined

• Holyoke cancels its famous St. Patrick’s Parade

Ivy League cancels post-season basketball tournament

MONDAY, March 9

• Boston cancels St. Patrick’s Parade and Breakfast due to coronavirus

Arlington student tests positive for coronavirus, school closed for cleaning

• Massachusetts DPH announces 13 new positive tests, bringing state total to 41

• NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS close locker rooms to anybody other than players and essential personnel