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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

BOSTON – By Sarah Finlaw –  Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced further restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, including new capacity and gathering limits. These measures will go into effect on Saturday, December 26 and will remain in effect until noon on January 10, 2021.

Read a summary of the restrictions here.

Read the emergency order here.

Capacity Limits
Effective Saturday, December 26, most industries in Massachusetts will be subject to a 25% capacity limit including:

Restaurants (based on permitted seating capacity)
Close Contact Personal Services
Theatres and Performance Venues
Casinos
Office Spaces
Places of Worship
Retail Businesses
Driving and Flight Schools
Golf Facilities (for indoor spaces)
Libraries
Lodging (for common areas)
Arcades and Indoor Recreation Businesses
Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
Museums, Cultural Facilities and Guided Tours
Workers and staff will not count towards the occupancy count for restaurants, places of worship, close contact personal services, and retail businesses.

All other rules and restrictions in each sector-specific guidance will remain in effect.

Gatherings Limit

Effective Saturday, December 26, the gatherings limits will be updated. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people outside.

The gatherings limit applies to private homes, event venues and public spaces.

Elective Surgeries

The Department of Public Health released updated guidance to hospitals around nonessential, elective invasive procedures. To preserve health care personnel resources, effective 12:01am on December 26, all hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential inpatient elective invasive procedures in order to maintain and increase inpatient capacity. Hospitals shall make every effort to preserve their inpatient capacity by cancelling nonessential electives and redeploying staff.

Patients are reminded to still seek necessary care at their hospital or from their health care provider.

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