Statewide stay-at-home advisory, early business curfew will be lifted Monday

Restaurant owners react to Gov. Baker's move to lift some restrictions

BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker announced adjustments to the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan in a Thursday afternoon press conference.

On Monday at 5:00 a.m., the state’s stay-at-home advisory, which was in effect for the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., will be lifted.

The state will also be lifting its order requiring most businesses to close by 9:30 p.m. each night. Effective with the January 25 rescinding of the Order, the following businesses listed below may operate past 9:30 p.m.

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• Restaurants

• Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation (Phase 3, Step 1 only)

• Indoor and Outdoor Events

• Movie Theaters

• Outdoor Theaters

• Drive-In Movie Theaters

• Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities

• Golf Facilities

• Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses (e.g. charter boats)

• Outdoor Recreational Experiences (includes haunted houses)

• Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities

• Driving and Flight Schools

• Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers

• Close Contact Personal Services (e.g. hair and nail salons)

• Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours

• Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs

• Indoor and Outdoor Pools

The state’s 25% capacity limit will stay in place for at least two weeks.

Gathering limits are also being extended until Feb. 8; keeping indoor limits at 10 people and outdoor at 25 people.

This announcement comes days before the current statewide restrictions were set to expire.

On Wednesday, the state reported 3,987 new confirmed cases and 78 new deaths.

To date, there have been 13,547 confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state of Massachusetts.

In December, all communities in the state rolled back to Phase 3, Step 1 of the reopening plan.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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