Charlie Baker says ‘no shelter in place’ for Massachusetts over coronavirus

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 13: Governor Charlie Baker answers questions during a press conference regarding the Coronavirus March 13, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Gov. Charlie Baker said he is not planning a shelter-in-place order for Massachusetts, but he did say other steps are being taken to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are not planning any shelter in place orders,” Baker said, adding he’s putting to rest any “rumors” he will be shutting the state down.

He did say he is making key decisions, including:

  • Making $5 million in emergency funds available to local boards of health
  • Speeding up licenses for health care professionals
  • Declare “economic injury” in the state to help small businesses
  • Testing companies are pitching in to help the state “expand capacity”

“We are in uncharted waters,” he added, saying residents are “doing what’s right for our neighbors” by working hard to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Baker said he was not aware of reports of overcrowding on the MBTA Tuesday. He did say “the rules are the rules,” alluding to his order to keep crowds under 25 people.

The transit agency has cut back services that resulted in a drop of ridership Monday. This is a developing story.