Gov. Baker declined to say today whether he will consider making barbershops and hair salons "essential" services - because he said it's time to start thinking about creating "rules of the road" that will allow such places to re-open if they take particular steps. Read more.
In response to a reporter's question, Gov. Baker took a moment out of his daily Covid-19 briefing to say he opposes the Trump administration's attempt to ban all immigration. "It doesn't make any sense and I don't think it makes us any safer."
At his daily press conference, today at a new, 94-bed Cape Cod field hospital, Gov. Baker said he and other Massachusetts leaders will decide when Massachusetts is ready to ease current Covid-19 restrictions, based on public-health concerns, rather than having it imposed from above. Read more.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced this afternoon that Massachusetts has joined New Jersey and five other states in what could be a coordinated effort to slowly re-open each state's economies on a timetable dictated by public-health concerns rather than the whims of the president's daughter and son-in-law: Read more.
At his daily press conference, Gov. Baker said that while he's still hoping the federal government will come through with the hundreds of ventilators it promised Massachusetts a little over a week ago, he's not counting on it keeping its word. Read more.
Gov. Baker announced today that a non-profit group working with the state is hiring 1,000 "contact tracers" to interview Covid-19 patients and find out all the people they may have come in contact with to follow them and get them testing and care if needed. Read more.
Gov. Baker posted this photo of 1.2 million N95 masks being loaded onto the Patriots plane, after several days of negotiations with a Chinese company and the Chinese government - and a $2 million payment by the Patriots owner. ABC News reports 300,000 masks will go to New York - and that 500,000 more masks are waiting for us in China.
Gov. Baker said today that while he is unaware of any open gun shops, if there are any, their owners need to close immediately, because they're not "essential." Baker said that gun manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson, are on the list of "essential" businesses, so they can continue to churn out guns, even if there are no longer places in Massachusetts to legally buy them.
Gov. Baker says he kept recreational or adult-use marijuana shops on the list of "non-essential" businesses that can not open to the public because the last thing we need is potentially infected people driving into Massachusetts. Read more.
The feds have agreed to ship at least 1,000 ventilators to Massachusetts and state officials begin to clear out some nursing homes for recovering Covid-19 patients who still need nursing care but not intensive hospital attention, Gov. Charlie Baker said today. Read more.
At his daily press conference this morning, Gov. Baker urged people from away to stop coming here, but that if they do, to promptly put themselves away for at least 14 days - especially if they have symptoms. Read more.
State Rep. Mike Connolly (Cambridge and Somerville) yesterday asked his colleagues to step up the state's game against Covid-19 and get the state to order residents to stay inside except when absolutely necessary: Read more.