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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says that the Bay State will have to stay home a bit longer.

Baker has extended his order closing non-essential businesses to Monday, May 18th, 2020.

In addition to continuing the business closures, the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people, and the stay at home advisory has also been extended to May 18th.

“We are extending the timeline for all non-essential businesses to keep the physical workplaces and facilities closed to all workers, customers, and the public until May 18th,” Governor Baker announced at Tuesday’s press conference.

The Governor’s initial order closing non-essential businesses that went into effect on March 24th, was set to expire on Monday, May 4th. The stay at home advisory has also been in effect since then.

“These two decisions were absolutely necessary to slow the spread of coronavirus,” Governor Baker said. “Not acting was not an option.”

“I know pushing these dates back a couple of weeks is not what many want to hear,” said Baker.

“We all look forward to stepping in front of this podium and saying, ‘We are open for business!’ And we will get there soon.”

The Governor also said that the curve appears to have been flattened in Massachusetts, and is in a plateau, depending on where you are in the state.

Baker plans to announce additional measures and guidance over the next few days.