In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Baker has announced that following the extended guidelines of the Federal Government has announced, he is extending stay at home order for Massachusetts until May 4.

In acknowledging his own struggles with not being able to visit his 91-year-old father, he thanked the people who are adhering to advisories so far. However, given the surge experts expect to see in the coming weeks, he felt extending the ban was necessary.

Gov. Baker also announced changes, both additions and restrictions, to the list of non-essential and essential businesses allowed to operate at this time. Non-Essential businesses will remain closed until May 4 as well. This updated list will be available here shortly.

Yesterday Gov. Baker did say state officials are anticipating the real strain on hospitals is going to start April 7 and last through the 17th. To prepare, he says the state is doing everything it can to make sure health care workers on the frontlines have the equipment they need, focusing on four areas: ventilators, having enough beds, health care staff, and personal protective equipment.

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