BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston is joining a growing number of cities and towns that are taking a step back from reopening and officials say they’re closing certain businesses to keep others open as the number of Covid-19 cases goes up.
Boston, Somerville, Lynn and Arlington are just a few cities and towns announcing changes going into effect this week.
Boston is reverting to Phase 2 of reopening starting on Wednesday. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says that means businesses like museums, indoor gyms, bowling alleys and movie theaters are closing.
“After 3 weeks we will then reevaluate the situation to see where we are with the virus here in the city of Boston,” said Walsh.
Indoor dining will still be allowed but restaurants have to follow strict Covid-19 safety protocols, like no sitting at the bar unless getting approval from the city.
Now, Somerville’s Mayor Joe Curtatone says he expects more communities to start announcing their own rollbacks soon.
He says there’s a larger conversation going on, on how to address other high-risk activities and how to help impacted businesses and employees. He adds as many as 20 communities could be involved in the rollback by next week.
The full list of changes in Boston can be found on the city’s website.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports