BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is extending capacity and gathering limit restrictions that were implemented the day after Christmas, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday. The restrictions will last until at least Jan. 24.
“We need to stay in this game a little longer, especially during this most crucial period,” Baker said. “These restrictions are meant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and lower the strain on our healthcare system, while maintaining open businesses, and keeping schools open.”READ MORE: 'Just Do The Right Thing': MBTA Bus Driver Finds Purse In Road, Returns It To Owner
The outdoor gathering limit is 25 people and the indoor limit is 10 people, including for events. Capacity is reduced to 25% for many industries and businesses in the state.
Capacity limits is decreased to 25% for the following industries:READ MORE: Air Quality Alert Issued As Massachusetts Fire Departments Field Smoke Reports From Western Wildfires
- Personal services
- Theaters and performance venues
- Office spaces
- Places of worship
- Driving and flight schools
- Golf facilities for indoor spaces
- Lodging common areas
- Indoor recreation business
- Fitness centers and health clubs
- Cultural facilities and guided tours
Employees in restaurants, places of worship, personal services, and retail business will not count toward the capacity limit.
“We know that extending those restrictions for many businesses, especially small businesses, is a lot to ask,” Baker said.MORE NEWS: Indoor Mask Mandate Begins In Provincetown Due To COVID Cluster
On Wednesday, Massachusetts reported 6,419 new COVID cases and 99 additional deaths.