Restaurants, gyms, casinos, offices, churches, libraries, movie theaters, arcades, golf facilities, museums and more must cut capacity to 25% of their maximum for at least two weeks as coronavirus continues to surge in the state ahead of the holidays, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Tuesday.
The new restrictions take effect on Saturday.
“We’re heading toward another period where we’re likely to see another surge… and as a result we think it’s appropriate to slow down now to stop that spread and avoid overrunning our hospital system,” Baker said.
The new restrictions are in addition to existing guidelines. Outdoor gathering size is also cut to 25 people Baker said.
The announcement came one day after Gov. Charlie Baker hinted more coronavirus restrictions would come as hospital capacity is pushed the brink.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kenneally joined Baker at the State House on Tuesday.
“After thanksgiving infections and hosp skyrocketed and since then we’ve seen that slow down slightly but certainly not enough,” Baker said.
Last Monday, Baker rolled back the state’s reopening to Phase 3, Step 1, shuttering performance venues and certain “high-contact indoor recreational businesses” including roller rinks, trampoline parks, laser tag venues, fitting rooms and escape rooms.
Other businesses — including retail stores, gyms, offices, churches, libraries, movie theaters, arcades, golf facilities and museums — cut capacity to 40%, down from 50% of their maximum.
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