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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Massachusetts Moves to Phase IV of Reopening Plan

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Effective April 30:

The outdoor mask mandate is being lifted for some outdoor settings.

Effective April 30, the Face Coverings Order will be relaxed for some outdoor settings.

Face coverings will only be required outside in public:

  • When it is not possible to socially distance
  • At other times required by sector-specific guidance.

Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places. Face coverings will also continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking.

At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required. The $300 fine as an enforcement mechanism will be eliminated.

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on outdoor mask-wearing

Baker is announcing further reopening plans for the commonwealth, following suit after neighboring states Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are already moving forward in easing restrictions.

 Effective May 10:

Amusement parks, outdoor water parks can reopen at 50% capacity.

Road races and other organized athletic events will be allowed, pending safety plans approved by boards of health.

Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments will be allowed for moderate and high-risk sports.

Singing will also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.

 Effective May 29:

Gathering limits are being increased.

  • 200 people indoors
  • 250 people outdoors

Wineries, bars and breweries are allowed to reopen.

  • Food order not required
  • Seated service required (no standing around allowed)
  • 10 people per table
  • 6-feet distance between tables still required

Street festivals and parades are allowed at 50% capacity.

 Effective August 1:

All businesses can fully reopen, limitations and capacity all eliminated.

According to the Baker administration, camp requirements are still being reviewed based on updated CDC guidelines.

Baker has not announced when he will lift the indoor mask mandate.

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