Last Updated 8am EST, 9/24/2020
Phase 3 of reopening the state of Massachusetts started July 6. Overall, new cases of coronavirus have held steady in recent weeks.
Wearing a mask in Massachusetts is mandatory in public when social distancing of six feet is not possible.
Beginning September 28, restaurants can seat tables of 10 people, up from a limit of 6.
Beginning September 28, restaurants can seat tables of 10 people, up from a limit of six. Restaurants in the city of Boston will remain at six.
Phase 4 will not begin in Massachusetts until there is a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19.
Business and Facilities
Offices are allowed to return to 50 percent capacity.
Several Boston museums have reopened, including the Children’s Museum, Aquarium, and Museum of Science.
The number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations crept up slightly in early August, and has remained steady.
The state is tracking six key indicators as it decides when additional facilities will be allowed to reopen.
Positive testing rates continue to hover around one percent.
Districts not designated as ‘high risk’ by the state, but that are only offering remote learning, being questioned by Dept of Education.
Gov. Baker wants school districts to use 3 weeks of data when changing between learning plans.
All Mass. schools were required to prepare 3 plans for fall learning – full remote learning, in-person learning, and a hybrid plan.
How To Help
Travel order requires two week quarantine when entering Massachusetts, punishable by $500 daily fines.
Fare collection resumed on MBTA buses, Commuter Rail and some street-level trolleys.