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.READ MORE: The Roaring 2020s? A Look At What The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Look Like
The 25% capacity limit remains in place until Monday, February 8.
Phase 3, Step 2 businesses will remain fully closed.READ MORE: Police Search For Suspect After Report Of Shots Fired At Salem Walmart
“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.MORE NEWS: Massachusetts Reopening Plan: COVID Restrictions Loosen Monday, Including Restaurant Capacity
“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.”