BOSTON (WGGB/WSHM) -- By 12 p.m. Tuesday, all non-essential businesses in Massachusetts will be closed.

It comes as part of an order issued by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, all in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The governor said people will not be banned from leaving their homes to get food, medicine, and fresh air, but outside of that, non-essential businesses must allow their workers to work from home and stop their physical operations.

"If you're not a business that's on that list, you basically need to close your doors with respect to your physical operation and if you can operate remotely using technology, then you can do that, but you can't be open.

This is the list of businesses and services deemed essential by Baker this morning.

  • Health Care & Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety & First Responders
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Water & Wastewater
  • Public Works
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Defense Industry Base
  • Chemical Manufacturing & Hazardous Materials
  • Other Designated Community Based Essential Function & Government Operations
  • News Media

To stop the spread of coronavirus, all others must close their doors.

Baker said people should stay at home as much as possible, but said everyone is still allowed to leave their homes to get the basics.

Fire, police, and medical services are, of course, essential, but there are other services that will still be functioning during the Governor’s two-week order like road and sewer maintenance for waste removal.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, and liquor stores are open still, as well as gas stations and car repair.

That said, vehicle sales at car dealerships will not take place in person.

Manufacturing not related to critical needs like medical and food production will stop and while medical marijuana stores will stay open, Baker said recreational stores must close.

"Massachusetts is one of a few states in a big geographic area that has available recreational marijuana and a ton of traffic from other states that we felt that needed to be closed and not be considered essential as part of this order," Baker explained.

Those who do not comply with the order could receive a $300 fine on their first offense. Multiple offenses could result in a $500 fine or jail time.

Baker said this decision wasn’t made lightly.

"We're constantly reconsidering virtually everything that we do and honestly, there are daily conversations going on with other states and local officials in the community to either collect best thoughts and best ideas about this unprecedented circumstance we find ourselves in," Baker said.

The order remains in effect until April 7 and Baker said it will be enforced by local governments, saying they know best what is and isn't an essential business in their community.

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Baker is a commie

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