BOSTON (CBS) – Fifteen more Massachusetts cities and towns have been forced to take a step back in their reopening because of a rise in coronavirus cases.
Starting Monday, the 15 communities moving from Step 2 of Phase 3 back to Step 1 are Abington, Berkley, Canton, East Longmeadow, Fairhaven, Fall River, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Marshfield, Milford, Pembroke, Rockland, Wakefield and Weymouth.READ MORE: 103-Year-Old Man Celebrates Birthday While Getting COVID Vaccine At Lowell General Hospital
All have been in the high-risk red zone for three consecutive weeks, according to the Department of Public Health.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
That means businesses like roller skating rinks, trampoline parks, laser tag and escape rooms must close. Gyms, libraries, museums and arcades have to reduce capacity from 50-percent to 40-percent. Outdoor gatherings, as well as outdoor theater and performance venues, are now limited to 50 people.
Last week, 13 other cities and towns rolled back their reopening : Acushnet, Brockton, Chelmsford, Holyoke, Hudson, Kingston, Leicester, Malden, Plymouth, Randolph, Waltham, Webster and Woburn.MORE NEWS: Natick, Newton North Scrimmage Ahead Of Spring Football Season
Overall, 121 cities and towns are now deemed high-risk by the state.