Last Updated 8am EST, 9/24/2020

Overview

Phase 3 of reopening the state of Massachusetts started July 6. Overall, new cases of coronavirus have held steady in recent weeks.

Social Distancing

Wearing a mask in Massachusetts is mandatory in public when social distancing of six feet is not possible.

In Phase 3, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people.

Beginning September 28, restaurants can seat tables of 10 people, up from a limit of 6.

Reopening

Massachusetts is in Phase 3 of reopening, which includes gyms, museums, and movie theaters.  Arcades were allowed to reopen in mid-September.

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

Under Phase 3, indoor dining is allowed with restrictions, as are gyms, movie theaters, and close contact personal services.

Offices are allowed to return to 50 percent capacity.

Venues can host indoor gatherings of up to 25 people, and outdoor up to 50.

Several Boston museums have reopened, including the Children’s Museum, Aquarium, and Museum of Science.

Events

Games are allowed to resume in low to moderate contact sports like baseball, softball, and volleyball. Games can return to moderate impact sports if rules are altered to avoid deliberate contact.

The Topsfield Fair, Big E, and King Richard’s Faire announced their fall festivals are cancelled.

The PMC held a virtual ride and the Boston Marathon held a week-long virtual event.

Healthcare Status

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.

Schools

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.

Several Boston colleges are using hotel rooms to expand student housing. Schools are warning students against parties.

How To Help

Donations funds have been setup by the state of Massachusetts and the City of Boston. There are also many resources available to help struggling businesses.

Public Transportation

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.

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