Low-risk communities in Massachusetts to enter Step 2 of Phase 3 on Monday – WCVB Boston

FOXBORO WITH WHAT WE CAN EXPECT. >> WE ARE TALKING ABOUT STEP TWO OF PHASE 3 WHICH ALLOWS THE REOPENING OF LIVE INDOOR PERFORMANCE VENUES WHICH HAVE BEEN CLOSED SINCE MARCH. TONIGHT, WE ARE HERE AT THE MARILYN RODMAN PERFORMANCE ART CENTER, ALSO KNOWN AS THE ORPHEUM. VENUES LIKE THIS THAT ARE NOT IN A RED ZONE, CITY OR TOWN CAN REOPEN AT 50% CAPACITY WITH A MAXIMUM OF 250 PEOPLE. OUT DOOR PERFORMANCE VENUES ARE OPEN BUT WILL BE ALLOWED TO INCREASE CAPACITY TO THOSE SAME LEVELS. IN FOXBORO, THEY KNOW THE PROCESS OF ENTERING AND EXITING THE THEATER WILL BE DIFFERENT IN THE CROWD WILL BE SMALLER BUT THE SHOW WILL GO ON AND THEY WANTED THE LIVE EXPERIENCE TO BE OF THE SAME HIGH CALIBER AS BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. >> WE WILL BE SPELLING OUT OUR GUIDELINES TO OUR PATIENTS BEFORE THEY ATTEND AND BE SURE WE HAVE SAFE DISTANCING AND MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR NORMAL ROUTINE. >> ALSO TOMORROW, MORE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE ALLOWED TO REOPEN INCLUDING LASER TAG AND ROLLER RINKS. RETAIL STORES CAN OPEN FITTING ROOMS. THAT CAPACITY WILL BE INCREASED FOR GYMS, MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES AND FLIGHT SCHOOLS. THAT APPLIES TO CITIES AND TOWNS NOT IN RED ZONES. REPORTING LI

Low-risk communities in Massachusetts to enter Step 2 of Phase 3 on Monday

Massachusetts communities that are considered to be “lower risk” by health officials will be allowed to enter the next step of the state’s economic reopening plan on Monday.The businesses impacted most by the change are performance venues and recreation businesses.Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Massachusetts COVID-19 economic reopening plan includes:Indoor performance venues at 50% capacity or a maximum of 250 people.Capacity limits for outdoor performance venues will increase to 50% capacity or a maximum of 250 people.For arcades and indoor or outdoor recreation, newly permitted activities will include trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag. Capacity limits will increase to 50%.Fitting rooms in all types of retail stores.Gyms, museums, libraries, driving schools and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.Lower risk communities are defined as those that have not been in the “Red” category for at least three weeks on the state’s weekly map of COVID-19 spread. That means the order loosening restrictions would apply to the majority of cities and towns unless local leaders chose to maintain tighter restrictions.The risk map is updated every Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Public Health. Fifteen communities were in the Red category as of the latest edition.”We’ve learned a lot from watching what’s going on in other states, especially in the northeast region, and similar changes elsewhere have not led to significant (COVID-19) transmission there,” Gov. Charlie Baker said last Tuesday.The risk map is updated every Wednesday afternoon by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Twenty-three communities were in the Red category as of the latest edition, including the city of Boston.d2N2PHNjcmlwdCBpZD0iaW5mb2dyYW1fMF85MTUyMTg3My03NmRhLTQ0ZmUtOTA0Ny1mMTllZWFlZGFjNmQiIHRpdGxlPSJDb3JvbmF2aXJ1cyBpbiBNYXNzYWNodXNldHRzIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZS5pbmZvZ3JhbS5jb20vanMvZGlzdC9lbWJlZC5qcz9yeXoiIHR5cGU9InRleHQvamF2YXNjcmlwdCI+PC9zY3JpcHQ+

Massachusetts communities that are considered to be “lower risk” by health officials will be allowed to enter the next step of the state’s economic reopening plan on Monday.

The businesses impacted most by the change are performance venues and recreation businesses.

Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Massachusetts COVID-19 economic reopening plan includes:

  • Indoor performance venues at 50% capacity or a maximum of 250 people.
  • Capacity limits for outdoor performance venues will increase to 50% capacity or a maximum of 250 people.
  • For arcades and indoor or outdoor recreation, newly permitted activities will include trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag. Capacity limits will increase to 50%.
  • Fitting rooms in all types of retail stores.
  • Gyms, museums, libraries, driving schools and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.

Lower risk communities are defined as those that have not been in the “Red” category for at least three weeks on the state’s weekly map of COVID-19 spread. That means the order loosening restrictions would apply to the majority of cities and towns unless local leaders chose to maintain tighter restrictions.

The risk map is updated every Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Public Health. Fifteen communities were in the Red category as of the latest edition.

“We’ve learned a lot from watching what’s going on in other states, especially in the northeast region, and similar changes elsewhere have not led to significant (COVID-19) transmission there,” Gov. Charlie Baker said last Tuesday.

The risk map is updated every Wednesday afternoon by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Twenty-three communities were in the Red category as of the latest edition, including the city of Boston.

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