Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. has issued a new stay-at-home advisory and a mask order, along with ordering restaurants to stop table service by 9:30 PM daily in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Massachusetts.
"The simple truth is this—too many of us have become complacent in our daily lives. We're doing much better than many other states and many other countries, but here too, we've let down our guard and have work to do," the governor said during a press conference on Monday, November 3, during which he announced the new advisories and restriction.
The stay-at-home advisory will be in effect between 10 PM and 5 AM, with residents urged to stay home except for necessary outings such as going to work or the grocery store or to get some exercise.
Restaurants are required to stop providing table service at 9:30 PM, although they can continue to provide carryout service after that time. Liquor sales at restaurants and package stores must also now shut down at 9:30 PM.
Indoor recreational facilities such as theaters and youth and adult sports facilities will be ordered to close at 9:30 PM, as well.
The updated face covering order requires everyone over age 5 to wear a face covering in public places, even if they can remain socially distant.
The governor also tightened the limit on indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people. All gatherings, regardless of size, must disperse by 9:30 PM. Fines for violating the gathering order will be $500 for each person over the limit.
The new guidelines take effect Friday, November 6, and are expected to remain in effect until at least December.