Massachusetts restaurants offer indoor dining; MBTA cranks up service in step two of reopening phase two


BOSTON (AP) — Restaurants can start offering indoor dining again, and so-called close-contact businesses including nail salons, tattoo parlors and personal trainers can reopen Monday under the latest phase of Massachusetts coronavirus pandemic economic recovery plan.

In addition, the MBTA is cranking up service again, allowing more people to return to their offices, which are limited to 50% capacity under Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan.

Restaurants opening their indoor dining areas must space tables at least six feet apart, but bars, unattended buffets, and self-serve drink stations will remain closed for now. Parties are limited to a maximum of six people.

Workers are required to wear face coverings, and must wash or sanitize their hands between table visits.

Employees of close-contact businesses as well as their customers are also required to wear masks, and frequently touched surfaces must be cleaned regularly.

Personal trainers can see clients by appointment only, and only one person at a time, or two if they are from the same household.

After boosting subway and bus service on Sunday, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority also increased commuter rail and ferry service on Monday.

Face coverings will be required on buses, trains and ferries, and the T may make scheduling adjustments in response to overcrowding.

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