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1. Gov. Baker announced yesterday the closing of all schools in the Commonwealth for the rest of the year, and he also signed legislation to protect homeowners and tenants from eviction during the COVID19 pandemic:https://theberkshireedge.com/gov-baker-cancels-school-for-rest-of-year-extends-childcare-program-closures/
2. We have been keeping an updated column of stories that relate to breaking news, closings and alerts, Updates:
As of last night, information from the Mass. Department of Public Health:41,199 cases, 1,556 reported Tuesday; 1,961 deaths — all statewide404 cases in Berkshire County
3. There are many stories of a community coming together in a crisis. One of them is Nourishing Neighbors: Berkshire South Regional Community Center is providing free meals for the next eight weeks, distributing 500 restaurant prepared, cold-to-go meals each Wednesday:https://theberkshireedge.com/gov-baker-cancels-school-for-rest-of-year-extends-childcare-program-closures/
4. On the other hand, the coronavirus shutdown results in some curious choices. For instance, liquor stores are open; pot shops are not:https://theberkshireedge.com/with-recreational-cannabis-shops-closed-why-do-liquor-stores-remain-open/
5. But there are really serious consequences to the economic viability of the Berkshires this summer: Tanglewood season is up in the air;https://theberkshireedge.com/with-more-than-130-events-canceled-bso-announces-cuts-in-staff-and-salaries/