Gov. Baker Easing Business Restrictions Because Of Positive COVID-19 Trends

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday the state will ease coronavirus restrictions on businesses starting on Monday, Feb. 8 at 5 a.m.

The capacity limit, that was put in place around the holidays, is being increased from 25% to 40%.

The businesses affected include arcades and recreational businesses, driving and flight schools, gyms and health clubs, libraries, museums, retail, offices, places of worship, lodging common areas, indoor areas at golf courses, and movie theaters with no more than 50 people allowed per theater.

Baker said Massachusetts will remain in Phase 3, Step 1 of its reopening plan, meaning indoor performance venues and indoor recreation businesses will be closed "until the public health data further shows sustained improvement."

The limits on gatherings remain at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

"We know that these restrictions have been, and continue to be, enormously difficult for large and small businesses, their employees, and for individuals everywhere," Baker said. "But, we're making progress in this battle against COVID, and everyone's hard work and preparation is now making it possible for us to continue to step back to what we might call 'a new normal.'"

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