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By adamg - 3/15/20 - 10:30 pm

The Executive Office of the Trial Court announced tonight all of the state's trial courts will be closed for two days - and that jurors already hearing trials will be notified not to come in. Read more

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 10:19 pm

With schools, restaurants, bars and houses of worship closing, the union representing many BPL employees today demanded that library officials order an immediate shutdown of Boston libraries because of concerns that with all the other closings, city libraries will quickly become Covid-19 breeding grounds. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 6:52 pm

Gov. Baker today ordered all restaurants shut - except for kitchens, which can keep filling take-out orders, until April 7, and banned all gatherings of more than 25 people.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 6:18 pm

Big Night Entertainment, which runs 17 clubs, bars and restaurants in Boston and at Foxwoods announced today it's shutting all of them until April 1 due to Covid-19 concerns.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 3:21 pm

After seeing long lines outside South Boston bars yesterday, Mayor Walsh today ordered all bars and restaurants to immediately cut their capacity by 50% and to close no later than 11 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 2:38 pm

Ed note: The following was written by former Herald staffer Adam Smith.

Our family has been pretty good at social distancing, years before it was called for. We got a little better several weeks ago as we could see what was coming – or what we knew was already here, just no light had been shone in the right places to detect it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 1:40 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports that after South Boston started trending nationally on Twitter yesterday, the neighborhood watering holes have agreed to voluntarily stay closed today.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 12:02 am

Update: Brigham and Women's, too.

WBZ reports. The person is now in self quarantine at home and the hospital is alerting everybody the person had contact with. Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/20 - 5:02 pm

After telling students they could stay in their dorms for the rest of the semester - even if they were taking their classes remotely like everybody else - Northeastern told students today they have to vacate their dorms by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:17 pm

The Archdiocese of Boston announced today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 5:14 pm

UMass Amherst, which had earlier said it hoped to have students return to campus on April 6, today announced it's just having students move out for good this weekend. In an announcement to the campus and parents, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy writes: Read more.

By Irma la Douce - 3/13/20 - 4:23 pm

For at least the next three weeks, no dates set for rescheduling. (Source: call from one of the surgery depts cancelling a follow-up appt.)

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 3:54 pm

Some 28 school districts announced today they are closing until March 27 because of the Covid-19 threat and despite Gov. Baker's plea to stay open unless they have confirmed cases in students, parents or staffers - including Everett, which had earlier announced a 30-day shutdown. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 12:35 pm

Gov. Baker today announced a statewide ban on public gatherings of more than 250 people to try to slow the spread of Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 12:00 pm

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a delay of new civil and criminal jury trial for the next five weeks - and says district attorneys cannot ask for new grand juries in criminal cases during that period - due to Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 11:15 am

Nine Orthodox congregations in the Boston area are telling members they are shutting their buildings at 3 p.m. - and are urging congregants not to form minyans in people's homes, since that would defeat the goal of trying to keep people apart through social distancing. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:32 am

Update: Walsh announced tonight that schools will close on Tuesday and remain shut until April 27.

Mayor Walsh announced this morning that "there will be school Monday and there will be school next week." Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:25 am

Mayor Walsh made the announcement this morning. The reason should be obvious. Read more.

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