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Posted on: December 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19: Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1 - Effective 12/13/20 at 12:01 A.M.

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On December 8, 2020, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito announced an update to the state’s reopening process as well as several updates to sector-specific guidance in order to combat the rising cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth. The measures outlined below with go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020.


1.       Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1The entire Commonwealth will move to Phase 3, Step 1 of the Reopening Plan. In addition, the following updates to capacity limits will go into effect:

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues and public spaces to 50 people
  • Outdoor Theaters and Performance Venues to 25% and no more than 50 people
  • Close Indoor Theaters and Performance Venues and a few smaller indoor recreation businesses like roller rinks and trampoline parks
  • Reduce capacity from 50% to 40% for several industry sectors noted below:
    • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
    • Driving and Flight Schools
    • Gyms/Health Clubs
    • Libraries
    • Museums
    • Retail
    • Offices
    • Places of Worship
    • Lodging (common areas)
    • Golf
    • Movie theaters (no more than 50 people per theater)

2.       Restaurants and Event Venues Protocols Updates: The following updates will be made to restaurant and event venue protocols with regard to face coverings, seating, and performances

  • Wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking
  • Seat no more than six per table and encourage customers to only dine with same household
  • Put a 90-minute time limit on tables
  • Prohibit all musical performances at restaurants
  • Close food court seating 

3.       Workplaces and Fitness Centers Protocols Updates: The following updates will be made to the Office Spaces and Fitness Centers protocols with regard to face coverings

  • Require mask wearing in offices when not in your own workspace and alone
  • Require mask wearing at all times in gyms
  • Encourage teleworking



All updates to sector specific guidance can be found on later this week.

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