COVID-19 Updates: Small businesses and gatherings

UPDATE (3/1/2021)

Phase 3, Step 2 Information

Public Health official have deemed it appropriate to reopen the state of Massachusetts, following a decline in hospitalizations and COVID-19 infection rates. This would allow our state to return to Step 2 of Phase III, effective March 1 for all cities and towns. This includes the following updates to businesses, activities and capacities:

-Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity with no more than 500 persons

-Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses) will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity

-Capacity limits across all sectors with capacity limits will be raised to 50% and exclude employees

-Restaurants will no longer have a percent capacity limit and will be permitted to host musical performances; six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table and 90 minute limits remain in place

-Residents must continue to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and are encouraged to avoid contact outside of their immediate households. The Travel Advisory and other public health orders remain in effect.

Gathering Changes and Phase IV Start

Effective on March 22, all communities in Massachusetts will move into Step 1 of Phase IV of the state’s reopening plan. This will open a range of previously closed business sectors under tight capacity restrictions that are expected to be adjusted over time if favorable trends in the public health data continue. Effective on the planned advancement to Step 1 of Phase IV, the following industries will be permitted to operate at a strict 12% capacity limit after submitting a plan to the Department of Public Health (DPH):

Indoor and outdoor stadiums

Also effective on March 22, gathering limits for event venues and in public settings will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 25 people, with indoor house gatherings remaining at 10 people.

Additionally, dance floors will be permitted at weddings and other events only, and overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate this coming summer. Exhibition and convention halls may also begin to operate, following gatherings limits and event protocols. Other Phase IV sectors must continue to remain closed. 

Resources for Reopening Massachusetts
If you have questions or comments about the Massachusetts Reopening plan you can submit them here. If you are a business owner and need clarification about what Hygienic or Protective Supplies you need for the workplace or where to buy them, check out this website.

Close Contact Personal Services
These services include hair salons/barber shops, nail care services, skin care services, personal trainer services and more. Information on this sector’s requirements and guidelines can be found here.

Retail Dressing Rooms
You can read more about safety and health protocols for retail stores here

Offices Space Capacity
More information about office space protocols can be found here.

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