By Staff

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.”

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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:

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  • Restaurants
  • Personal services
  • Theaters and performance venues
  • Casinos
  • Office spaces
  • Places of worship
  • Retail
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Golf facilities for indoor spaces
  • Libraries
  • Lodging common areas
  • Arcades
  • Indoor recreation business
  • Fitness centers and health clubs
  • Museums
  • 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.

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On Wednesday, Massachusetts reported 6,419 new COVID cases and 99 additional deaths. Staff