“Strengthen the local economy by promoting, supporting and guiding businesses, civic leadership and social agencies that positively impact the well-being and quality of life of our community.”
Today, February 25, 2021, at 1:00 PM, Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy announced updates pertaining to the state’s reopening process and sector specific guidance.

These include:
1.Phase 3, Step 2: Effective March 1st, the Commonwealth will move forward into Phase 3, Step 2. This will reopen:
·    Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces: Open at 50% capacity with 500 person max
·    Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact: laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses: Open at 50% capacity
2.Updated Capacity Limits: Effective March 1st the following industries will increase to 50% capacity. Employees will be exempt from capacity restrictions in all of these industries:
·    Arcades & Other Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Businesses
·    Close Contact Personal Services
·    Driving and Flight Schools
·    Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
·    Golf Facilities (indoor)
·    Libraries
·    Operators of Lodging (common spaces)
·    Museums, Cultural & Historic Facilities, Guided Tours
·    Office Spaces
·    Places of Worship
·    Sectors not Otherwise Addressed
·    Theaters and Performance Venues
·    Relevant EEA Industries – Youth sports spectators etc.
The following industries remain unaffected by capacity limits:
·    Drive in movie theaters
·    Construction
·    Laboratories
·    Manufacturing
3.Additional Guidance Changes:
·    Effective March 1st, Restaurants will no longer be subject to a % seated capacity limit and their capacity is limited only by the requirement of 6 feet between tables
·    Musical performances allowed in restaurants (with appropriate distancing)
·    90 minute time limit on tables stays in place
·    Limit of no more than 6 per table stays in place
·    Food courts remain closed
·    Effective March 1st, Fitting rooms may open in all retail businesses
4.Gatherings Limit: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the gatherings limit will increase for event venues and public settings, but will stay the same in private settings:
·    Event Venues and Public Settings:
·    100 indoor
·    150 outdoor
·    Private Settings (such as private residences):
·    10 indoors
·    25 outdoors
5.Phase 4, Step 1: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the Commonwealth will move into Phase 4, Step 1:

·    Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will reopen with a 12% capacity limit:
·    A large venue is defined as a having a capacity of 5,000 or more
·    Venues with capacity under 5,000 are subject to the Indoor and Outdoor Performance Venue guidance
·    Large venues will be required to submit a safety plan to the Department of Public Health
·    Overnight Camps will be allowed to open for Summer 2021
·    Exhibition and Convention Halls may reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules
·    Dance floors may open at weddings and events only
·    All other Phase 4 industries will not be able to open until a future reopening step. Those include:
·    Road races, street festivals, and parades, and fairs
·    Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks
·    Indoor water parks and indoor/outdoor ball pits
·    Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
·    Beer gardens/ breweries/ wineries/ distilleries
·    Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs—venues offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing and not providing seated food service
Updated guidance can be found at www.mass.gov/reopening.
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