Retailers across Massachusetts are closing their doors Tuesday, after Gov. Charlie Baker ordered all non-essential businesses in the state to close for at least two weeks.

The move is an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses considered essential by the state can remain open.

In Central Square in Cambridge, many of the businesses that line Mass. Ave. already closed before Baker’s order. But some retailers tried to stay open.

“I wasn’t going to close until the government told me that I had to close,” said Steven Adelson, the owner of Teddy Shoes. “As far as I’m concerned, you never know when somebody is gonna come in.”

But lately, not many customers have been coming in.

Teddy Shoes sells an eclectic mix of footwear as well as accessories for dancers. Adelson said he only made a handful of sales last week — and he had to lay off his three employees.


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