This State Just Issued a COVID Stay-at-Home Order
As talk of "lockdowns" due to the coronavirus have become a political grenade, one state has just taken the extraordinary measure of advising citizens to stay home at night, along with a list of other restrictions meant to save lives. "Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has issued an overnight stay-at-home order, among other new mandates, in response to a recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the state," reports ABC News. "The new orders come just one day after Massachusetts recorded its ninth consecutive day of more than 1,000 new cases. In the last month, new cases have surged by more than 135%." It's one of 40 states with rising cases. Read on to hear what's needed to save lives, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
What Do the Massachusetts Restrictions Entail?
Here is the Executive Order in full:
Beginning on Friday, November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
COVID-19 case numbers in our state are rising and the Commonwealth's COVID-19 related hospitalizations and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) census have more than doubled over the past 2 months. Social gatherings are contributing to these increases. Left unchecked, the current COVID-19 case growth poses a risk to our healthcare system. Intervention is warranted to moderate case growth and preserve hospital capacity. It's more important than ever to follow guidance from local, state, and federal officials on how to stop the spread of the virus.
It is critically important that everybody follows the steps listed below, not just for their own health and safety, but for the health and safety of their family and loved ones as well.
In order to comply with this advisory, between the hours of 10pm and 5am, you must:
- Only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking emergency medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries. If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering.
- Not have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household.
- Comply with all Governor's Orders, including orders requiring face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of businesses.
- Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others if you go outside to get fresh air.
- Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family.
Taking these steps is critical to preventing the spread of the virus, protecting the lives of you and your loved ones, and preserving our acute care hospital and other health care systems' capacity.
Why are the Restrictions Necessary?
Coronavirus cases are rising, and public health experts feel the measures above will best help contain it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, has said the entire country doesn't need to lock down—but nor should nothing be done.
"It's the kind of thing that you've really got to try and articulate the importance of walking that fine line of maintaining the public health without so damaging the economy that you're essentially negating the good that you're trying to do," he said last week. "I firmly believe that you can continue to open businesses, that you can continue to open up the country from an economic standpoint, the way you were saying about restaurants and about stores and shops and things like that without necessarily shutting things down, you could do that, but it could do it prudently by public health measures that prevent surgeons of infection. We've seen it done before. We've seen, you know, countries and sections of our own country that have done that successfully. We're going to really be challenged right now."
The executive order came the same day Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the coronavirus task force, begged the Trump administration to take "much more aggressive action" to combat COVID-19, according to the Washington Post. "We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic … leading to increasing mortality," said a Nov. 2 report from Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, obtained by the Post. "This is not about lockdowns — It hasn't been about lockdowns since March or April. It's about an aggressive balanced approach that is not being implemented."
As for yourself, no matter where you live, wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.