Governor Baker Announces Updated Capacity Limits for Businesses; Boston Enters Step 1 of Phase 3 of Reopening
Today, February 4, in light of recent improvements in COVID-19 data in Massachusetts, Governor Baker made several announcements affecting businesses.
Updated Statewide Business Restrictions
The updated statewide changes include, but are not limited to:
- Indoor and outdoor gathering limits for private property, public spaces and event venues remain at 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors.
- Office limitations will be increased to 40% of total capacity.
- Capacities for restaurants, personal services, retail, libraries, lodging, performance venues, places of worship, museums, cultural facilities and others will be increased to 40%.
- Workers and staff will not count towards the occupancy count for restaurants and close contact personal services.
- All other sector-specific guidance remains in place.
All changes go into effect on at 5 a.m. on Monday, February 8. For the most up-to-date guidance, requirements and information on the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 response, please visit: mass.gov/reopening.
Boston Reenters Phase 3 Step 1 of Reopening Plan
As Boston’s COVID-19 numbers trend modestly downward and Massachusetts continues to expand access to vaccination against COVID-19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced that the City of Boston would return to Step One of Phase Three of the Reopening Massachusetts plan beginning this past Monday, February 1, 2021.
The industries allowed to reopen on February 1 at 25% capacity include, but are not limited to:
- Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, including gyms using alternative spaces
- Movie theaters
- Museums and Aquariums
- Indoor recreational and athletic facilities, and venues with potential for low-contact (batting cages, driving ranges, bowling alleys, rock-climbing)
- Sightseeing and other organized tours (bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching)
- Indoor historical spaces & sites
- Indoor event spaces such as meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms, and social clubs (limited to 10 people)
In the City of Boston, office space remains at 25% capacity. For all information relating to the City of Boston’s reopening plan, please visit: Boston.gov/reopening.