By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a “gradual easing” of coronavirus restrictions that were put into place in November ahead of the holiday season.

Effective Monday at 5 a.m., the state’s early closure order for businesses and the stay at home advisory will be lifted. Businesses were required to close at 9:30 p.m. under the order.

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The 25% capacity limit remains in place until Monday, February 8.

Phase 3, Step 2 businesses will remain fully closed.

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“We’re seeing signs of steady declines in the percentage of positive cases,” Baker said.

The restrictions were put in place in November with people traveling and hosting gatherings during the holidays.

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“We freed up hundreds of hospital beds, we reduced mobility, and created more space for people to move around safely,” said Baker. “Public health data is trending in a better direction for some categories, like hospitalizations and the percentage of positive COVID cases, for the first time in a long time.”

CBSBoston.com Staff