Statement from Mayor McGee | March 31, 2020

Below is a statement from Mayor McGee’s office we received on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Today, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced an extension of the “stay at home” advisory for all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until May 4, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Baker also extended his order that all non-essential businesses must keep their physical workplaces and facilities (brick-and-mortar premises) closed to workers, customers, and the public until May 4, 2020. You can find the list of businesses that are determined to be COVID-19 Essential Services here: as well as a new FAQ page here:…/covid-19-essential-services-faqs Please email with any questions.

The Governor also extended his order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4, 2020. As we continue to work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are urging residents of all ages to practice intensive social distancing at all times. I want to emphasize that necessary services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open during this time. If you do need to leave your home to visit any of these establishments, you should not bring your family with you. Additionally, restaurants, bars and other retail establishments that sell food to the public will remain open, for take-out and delivery only, provided that they follow social distancing protocols and the prohibition of more than 10 people set forth in the Department of Public Health guidance.

Even if your business fits the criteria of a COVID-19 Essential Service put forward by the Governor, it is imperative that all businesses and their employees abide by all of the social distancing and hygiene recommendations below from the CDC & DPH to prevent community spread:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
• Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and dispose of any used materials. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home if you are sick and call your doctor.
• Keep your distance from others – about 6 feet.

We will continue to provide regular updates on COVID-19 on the City website, social media, and through the Smart 911 emergency notification system as the situation evolves. We encourage all residents to visit the City of Lynn Health Department “Coronavirus Resources” page which includes information and links from the CDC, and to sign up for the Smart 911 updates at

As we work to mitigate this current public health emergency, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.

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