Local, state government respond to coronavirus crisis

Sunday at 3 p.m., Mayor Martin Walsh held a press conference announcing restrictions on public gatherings and restricting bars and restaurants to operate at 50 percent capacity. But at 6 p.m., Gov. Charlie Baker issued an even more dire set of restrictions, ordering all restaurants and bars closed and banning public gatherings of more than 25 people.

Monday, Walsh declared a public health emergency in the city, after already announcing that Boston Public Schools would be closed from Tuesday through April 27. Schools remained open on Monday, mainly for students who needed to retrieve medications, musical instruments or necessary items from their lockers. As of Tuesday, free breakfast and lunch and homework packets were being offered to BPS students at school buildings and community centers across the city. Chromebook laptops are to be made available to any student who needs one, and families who have not yet received one will


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