What Gov. Baker’s rollback means for dining out, gyms etc…

Boston, Mass

In case you missed it, on Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker announced that due to rising COVID-19 rates, the State of Massachusetts would roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 beginning this Sunday.

What does Phase 3, Step 1 mean?
The rollback will reduce indoor capacities across a broad range of sectors of the economy and tighten several other workplace restrictions. It will require the closure of certain businesses designated as Step 2 industries and capacity limits will be reduced to 40% for places like:

  • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Gyms/Health Clubs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Places of Worship
  • Lodging (common areas)
  • Golf facilities
  • Movie Theaters (Maximum 50 people per theater)

Finally additional safety measures will be applied to restaurant dining which will include:

  • a reduction of maximum table size from 10 to 6
  • a 90-minute time limit on tables
  • diners being encouraged to only sit with members of the same household
  • wearing masks at all times except when actually eating and drinking, meaning you cannot take off your masks once seated

You can read the full media release here.


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