Governor Baker Announces Updated Mandates for Businesses & Gatherings



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Governor Baker has announced that beginning Friday, November 6, new restrictions and mandates will take effect to help curb the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth.

Since Labor Day, coronavirus cases in Massachusetts are up 278% while hospitalizations have risen by 145%, according to public health data.

“We’ve let down our guard and we have work to do,” he said. “If we do nothing and stay on the track we are on now, we will create capacity problems for our health care system by the end of the calendar year,” Baker noted.

Baker’s updated orders will include the following:
Per the revised Stay at Home Advisory, residents are instructed to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the exception of going to work, running critical errands or taking a walk.
Face coverings are required be worn in all public places, even when people able to maintain six feet of distance from others.
Gatherings at private residences must now be reduced in size to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and must end by 9:30pm. Violations may result in fines of $500 per person above the limit. The limit on gatherings in public spaces and event venues remains the same.
Certain businesses and activities are required to be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. to coincide with the Stay At Home Advisory:

  • Restaurants (in-person dining must cease at 9:30 p.m., though takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol must cease alcohol sales at 9:30 p.m. (but may continue to sell other products)
  • Adult-use marijuana sales must cease at 9:30 p.m. (not including medical marijuana)
  • Indoor and outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-ins) and performance venues (indoor and outdoor)
  • Youth and adult sports
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating and boating businesses
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers
  • Close-contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural and historical facilities/guided tours

We recognize how hard small businesses and restaurants throughout the City have been hit by COVID-19 and encourage you to continue considering buying and dining locally in order to help support our community, culture, and economy.

To view the full press release, please click here.
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.
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