UPDATED: Baker-Polito Administration Extends COVID-19 Capacity & Gathering Limits to January 24

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BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the extension of further restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

Industry restrictions for capacity limits and reduced gathering limits went into effect on Saturday, December 26th, and will now be extended for at least two more weeks to January 24.

Read a summary of the restrictions here.

Read the emergency order here.

INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS & GATHERING LIMITS

Capacity Limits: Under the current restrictions that are being extended today, January 7, most industries in Massachusetts remain subject to a 25% capacity limit:

  • Restaurants (based on permitted seating capacity)
  • Close Contact Personal Services
  • Theaters 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 continue to remain in effect.

Gatherings Limit: The current gathering limits in place since December 26 are also being extended. Indoor gatherings will remain limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings will remain limited to 25 people outside.The gatherings limit applies to private homes, event venues and public spaces.

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