March 19, 2020

The MLSC Monitors the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

UPDATED 3/25/20

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On Monday, March 23, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon until Tuesday, April 7 at noon. For the full list of categories of “COVID-19 Essential Services”, click here. The order also limits gatherings to 10 people during the state of emergency.

Due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is continuing to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and remains committed to working closely with its regional and state partners to communicate and respond to available information regarding the outbreak.

On March 10, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, giving the Administration more flexibility to respond to the outbreak. The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to update the public on developments. The most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 can be found here:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health 
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Following the guidance of the Executive Branch, the MLSC physical office is closed and in-person meetings are suspended. Staff are available, working offsite. The Center’s staff page remains up-to-date with contact information for individual team members. We are committed to the health and safety of our staff and stakeholders and so we will utilize virtual and telephonic options for meetings and work-related engagements.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center staff thanks its public and private partners working collaboratively to combat COVID-19. We are proud to be part of such a rich life sciences ecosystem that is able to immediately mobilize and work together to tackle these types of public health challenges, benefiting not only our region but the world. We are especially appreciative for the ongoing efforts of first responders and health care professionals. We will continue to update our stakeholders via our web, e-newsletter, and social media channels as things evolve. General questions can be directed to: