Massachusetts business capacity, gathering limits go into effect Saturday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – New COVID-19 restrictions go into effect in Massachusetts beginning on Saturday.  These restrictions limit business capacity, as well as gathering sizes.

Businesses across the state have been ordered to reduce capacity in effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations in Massachusetts continue to rise.

Earlier in the week, Governor Charlie Baker announced that businesses must reduce capacity from 40 percent to 25 percent.

Additionally, the restrictions reduce the gathering limit to 10 people when indoors and 25 people when outdoors.

Hospitals have been urged to postpone all nonessential inpatient procedures, in effort to keep hospital beds available as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to surge.

Small businesses in Massachusetts are expected to receive $668 million in total state funding. Each eligible business can qualify for up to $75,000 or up to three months worth of expenses.

Businesses can begin to apply for the program beginning December 31.

These limits will be in effect until January 10, 2021 unless extended by Governor Baker.

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