BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday, that starting next week many businesses in Boston that are closed because of the pandemic can reopen.
Walsh's announcement is good news for many struggling businesses in Boston.
During his COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday morning, Walsh pointed out that coronavirus numbers in Boston are still high but are moving in the right direction.
Walsh announced that starting on Monday, February 1, the city will move into Phase 3 Step 1 of the re-opening process.
"At that point, all businesses and activities that are allowed to operate in Phase 3 Step 1 can reopen with capacity limits in place," said Walsh.
The list of businesses that can reopen includes gyms, health clubs, movie theaters, aquariums, and museums.
Also on the list are indoor recreational venues with the potential for low contact use like batting cages, driving ranges and rock climbing.
Sightseeing and other organized tours will be able to resume including harbor cruises, whale watching and duck tours.
All of these businesses, while being allowed to reopen will have to adhere to capacity limits as the city continues to try and slow down the spread of coronavirus.
The 25% capacity limit for these venues will still be in place. Indoor gatherings will still be limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people.
Walsh is still urging residents to stay vigilant, wear a mask and to continue to social distance to keep Covid cases going in the right direction.
"Think about the simple steps you can take on a daily basis to protect yourself and your loved ones," said Walsh.
Additional details on reopening can be found on the city's website.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports