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Baker-Polito Administration announces move to Step 2 of Phase 3 | September 29, 2020

Posted on November 4, 2020

September 29, 2020 | 3:00 PM
The Baker-Polito administration this afternoon announced that lower-risk communities will be permitted to move into Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan effective Monday, Oct. 5.  Danvers is currently classified as a lower-risk community.

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.

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