Mass. businesses allowed to open to 40% capacity starting Monday

BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE) – The Bay State is set to relax some of its coronavirus capacity restrictions on Monday, thanks to a downward trend in new cases of Covid-19.

Starting Monday, businesses in Massachusetts will be able to boost their capacity limits from 25% to 40%.

This includes places like restaurants, gyms, libraries, museums, movie theaters and places of worship.

There will still be a 90-minute time restriction for indoor dining at restaurants, as well as a 6-person per table limit.

Governor Charlie baker attributed the loosened restrictions to a reduction in new cases as well as improved capacity at the state’s hospitals to care for and treat Covid-19 patients. 

“We have seen a 50% reduction in our seven-day average case count since its peak in early January,” Baker said Thursday, “and a 35% reduction in Covid hospitalizations.”

The current 25% capacity restrictions went into place just after Christmas.

“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 thanks to everyone’s hard work and preparation, now making it possible for us to continue to step back to what we might call a ‘new normal,’” the governor said.

Despite the capacity increase for businesses, gathering limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors will remain in place. 

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