COVID restrictions ease Monday, including restaurant capacity - CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Governor Charlie Baker eases further restrictions as Massachusetts advances Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan.

As of Monday, restaurants will no longer have a percentage capacity limit, but social distancing must remain in place.

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Only six people are allowed per table and there is a 90-minute time limit. Musical performances are allowed from Monday.

Gyms and offices can be expanded to 50% capacity.

Concert halls, theaters and indoor leisure facilities such as taxiways and laser tags can be reopened with a capacity of 50%.

Larger venues are limited to 500 people without staff.

Gatherings in private homes and backyards are still limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

The city of Boston is holding back some aspects of the reopening until after St. Patrick’s Day.

Most businesses in the city will be at 50% capacity, but indoor gigs and music in restaurants are not allowed until March 22nd.

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The city of Somerville is one step behind the state in its reopening plan. Due to the restrictions, the capacity limits will not be relaxed until March 15th.

Also starting March 22nd, venues like Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park and TD Garden can once again welcome fans with a 12% capacity.

However, there are still many companies that must remain closed until step 2 of phase 4 or later.

Here is the list, according to the state’s website:

  • Bars, beer gardens with no food, dance clubs and night clubs
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks and “ball pits”
  • Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals
  • Street races and other large amateur or professional group sports events organized outdoors
  • Saunas, whirlpools and steam baths in fitness studios, fitness studios and other facilities

“It’s a good step in the right direction, that’s for sure,” said Troy Siebels, President of the Hannoveraner Theater. “Anything we can do to let a few dollars walk the door to keep our people busy.”

The Hanover Theater in Worcester has been closed since the pandemic. They are keen to fill seats even if the shows don’t return until the fall.

The Brookline Gym Healthworks is also optimistic. “The increased capacity is enormous. We’re seeing an increase in people willing to come back and get all of these things vaccinated, ”said General Manager Molly Flynn.

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