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Massachusetts Restricts Business and Venue Capacities Effective December 26, 2020

On December 22, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 59, which temporarily limits statewide occupancy capacities at certain indoor and outdoor facilities.  These restrictions are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and begin December 26th at midnight and will expire at noon on January 10, 2021 unless further extended.  To read the Governor’s order, please click here.

Capacity Restrictions:

  • Restaurants: Both indoor and outdoor restaurant dining remain permitted, but are limited to 25% of seating capacity.  This 25% limitation applies separately to indoor and outdoor dining spaces. Workers and staff are excluded from the occupancy count.

  • Retail: All retail businesses are limited to 25% of capacity, and workers and staff are excluded from the occupancy count.

  • Hotels: Hotels and other lodgings are limited to 25% of capacity in common areas only.

  • Events and gatherings: Indoor and outdoor events are limited to a maximum of 10 persons indoors and 25 persons outdoors. Workers and staff are excluded from the occupancy count. This applies to public event venues and private homes.

COVID-19 Order No. 59 also includes capacity restrictions for non-hospitality sectors and businesses. Please refer to Order No. 59 for more information.

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Joseph Wang Hospitality Attorney Sherin Lodgen Law Firm
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Joseph Y. Wang is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Department and member of its Hospitality Practice Group.

He has experience in a variety of real estate matters, including land use, zoning and development, and representing landlords and tenants in office, retail, and research and development leasing matters large and small.

Joseph has been engaged in several large development projects in Boston, where he has negotiated with local and state agencies and private parties to bring brand name hotels and residential stock to the city.

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