Effective Oct. 5, in lower-risk communities only, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step 2 of Phase 3.
In lower-risk communities, this includes the following changes:
- Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity, with a maximum of 250 people.
- Outdoor performance venue capacity will increase to 50%, with a maximum of 250 people.
- For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step 2 activities, like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag, will be permitted to open, and capacity will increase to 50%.
- Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores.
- Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.
Revised gatherings order
The limit for indoor gatherings remains at a maximum of 25 people for all communities. Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities. Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step 1 communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower-risk, Step 2 communities. Gov. Baker said the gatherings order governs situations where there isn’t applicable sector-specific guidance. In other words, businesses such as restaurants and retail stores operate under capacity limits set in guidance for those activities, not the gatherings order.
If a community moves into the red category for three consecutive DPH weekly reports, it will need to move back to Step 1 of Phase 3, according to the administration.