Governor Charlie Baker announced that effective Monday, October 5, lower risk communities will be permitted to move into Step 2 of Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. All other communities will remain in Phase 3, Step 1.

Lower risk communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been a “red” community in any of the last three weekly Department of Public Health (DPH) reports.

The Governor also issued a revised gatherings order. Industry specific guidance and protocols for a range of Phase 1, 2, and 3 businesses will also be updated.

Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step 1 communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower risk, Step 2 communities.

Effective October 5, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step 2 of Phase 3 for lower risk communities only:

  • Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity – max 250 people.
  • Outdoor performance venue capacity will increase to 50% with a max of 250 people.
  • For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step 2 activities like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag will also be permitted to open and capacity will increase to 50%.
  • Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores.
  • Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.

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