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COVID-19 Updates from Boston: Massachusetts Moves Forward with Phase 3 of Reopening

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Massachusetts have been steadily declining which allowed for Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan to begin on Monday, July 6. Boston will officially enter the phase next week, on July 13, as city officials have asked for additional time to prepare.

Since mid-April, the 7-day average for the positive COVID-19 test rate is down 94 percent, the 3-day average of hospitalized patients is down 79 percent and the number of hospitals in surge is down 86 percent.

Similar to Phase 2, Phase 3 also has two steps. As part of Step 1, the maximum occupancy limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 25 people. Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space.

In Phase 3 additional businesses are also permitted to reopen with limited capacity, increased cleaning and, additional restrictions:

  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues
  • Museums, cultural, and historical sites
  • Fitness centers and health clubs
  • Indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact
  • Professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators

We will be providing more details on the second step of Phase 3 as the state makes that information available. Stay tuned!

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