The Commonwealth's reopening plan is moving forward with further easing of restrictions. Effective yesterday (Monday) sports teams such as the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins can now welcome more fans, and amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks are also allowed to welcome more visitors. This, now that more than 2.9 million people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated. 

What’s next? Contingent on continued positive trends in the public health and vaccination data, on May 29th, additional sectors will be permitted to re-open and gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings and private settings. 

The additional sectors that will be permitted to open include: Parades, street festivals and agricultural festivals, after submitting safety plans to the local board of health including measures for maintaining social distance, staffing and operations plans and hygiene and cleaning protocols. Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries, which will be subject to restaurant rules with seated service only, a 90-minute limit and no dance floors. 

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Subject to public health and vaccination data, the restaurant guidance will be updated to eliminate the requirement that food be served with alcohol and to increase the maximum table size to 10. 

Last week, the Administration relaxed the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings and announced further reopening plans for August 1st 

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What are you looking forward to doing more than anything else? Live music, maybe a Red Sox game? We're getting there slowly but surely.


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