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Mandatory Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Short-Term Rental Extended Until May 18

Today, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order extending mandatory closure of non-essential businesses and short-term rentals from May 4 until May 18. Real estate remains an essential service, meaning brick and mortar offices may remain open to workers, clients, and the general public within health and safety guidelines. The order also extends the current stay-at-home advisory until the same date. 

In addition, the Governor announced the creation of a 17 member advisory board led by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Mike Kennealy.  The group includes corporate, municipal, and public health leaders. They will work to develop a report by May 18 on reopening the state’s economy that will include workplace safety standards.

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