Beginning Monday, March 1, the Baker administration will move the Commonwealth to the second step of Phase 3, allowing venues in this phase to reopen and increase capacity limits across many business sectors and settings—including stores, gyms, offices, places of worship, movie theaters, and museums—from 40 percent to 50 percent.
Percentage-based capacity limits on restaurants, first implemented in December, will be removed, though other restrictions, including face-covering and social-distancing rules, as well as limits capping tables at six people and 90-minute stays, will remain in place.
As the local vaccine rollout continues forward and positivity rates steadily decline, Governor Baker announced Thursday afternoon that the state will move into the final phase of his administration’s reopening plan next month “as long as the public health data continues to get better.”
Beginning Monday, March 22, Phase 4 can begin. At this time, large venues that can host over 5,000 people will reopen with a 12 percent capacity limit. Similar to previous phases, additional layers of the plan will continue to roll out as public health data improves.
“We’ve been watching how these venues perform in other states and believe with the right safety measures in place, they can operate responsibly and safely here in the Commonwealth,” Baker said.
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