The order states that:
"All licensed, approved, or exempt child care programs in the Commonwealth shall suspend all normal operations by end of the day on March 22, 2020 and shall not re-open before Monday, April 6, 2020 unless under approval granted by the emergency program authorized in section (2) below."
About Section 2 Emergency Program
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is working to address child care needs for vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens. Because of this, Governor Baker will be releasing an emergency order pertaining to child care.
Governor Baker will create a new category of child care centers called “Exempt Emergency Child Care.” These entities shall operate with written approval from EEC to provide critical child care services to families who work to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens. All other child care centers not approved as Exempt Emergency Child Care centers will be ordered to close before Monday, March 23.