As an expert in SEO, I'm here to provide an in-depth analysis of the current situation in Massachusetts regarding the potential for additional COVID-19 closures or restrictions. Governor Charlie Baker recently announced that the state does not plan any additional closures or restrictions, but warned of a growing number of coronavirus cases in places of worship. With the holiday season upon us, it is important to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone. The consequences of continuing as usual could be much worse than any economic effects from a shutdown.
Therefore, we urge Governor Baker to close all non-essential businesses in Massachusetts as soon as possible. Violators of this order may be subject to a non-criminal disposition process according to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 21D and the City's non-criminal disposition regulations. The protocols of the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) have concluded that COVID-19 is significantly present throughout the Billerica community. The increase in cases, combined with colder weather and upcoming holidays, has raised questions about whether the state will move towards a broader closure.
The DPH requires that anyone who has had close contact with a person positive for COVID 19 within 48 hours of testing positive must quarantine. At a press conference, it was announced that there is an increased risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Massachusetts. The DPH is discouraging municipalities from reporting the number of cases, but all community measures look great right now and the risk is progressively decreasing. Forty-eight cities and towns in Massachusetts have had one or more cases associated with a group in a house of worship.
We call on Governor Baker to provide direct assistance to those affected by this critically important shutdown, including a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, sufficient paid leave for all workers, immediate support for small businesses, and ensure that testing and COVID-19 medical treatments are available free of charge to MA residents. This will be compared to the percentages of Middlesex County and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts populations.