2020The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, World Events, Health

On March 11, The Director-General of WHO declared that there was a worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 after noting there were more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people had lost their lives. Local officials followed suit in rapid order. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order banning gatherings of 250 or more people on March 13, and barred from selling on-premises food or alcohol in restaurants and bars throughout the Commonwealth on March 17. Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken declared a state of emergency on March 17, closing most city offices and schools. City councilors looked into streaming meetings on March 18.

“WHO Director-General’s Opening Remarks at the Media Briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020.” https://www.who.int/director-general/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---11-march-2020. Lisinski, Chris, "National emergency declared; Baker bans large gatherings." Gloucester Daily Times. March 13, 2020. Gloucester Daily Times. "Mayor declares state of emergency." March 17, 2020. Bradford, Taylor Ann. "City councilors look to stream meetings." Gloucester Daily Times. March 18, 2020.
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