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More Businesses Allowed to Reopen as Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3 on July 6

Beginning July 6, Massachusetts will enter Phase 3 of the Four-Phase Reopening Plan. However, businesses located within Boston will have a delayed Phase 3 start date until July 13. Just as with Phase 2, Phase 3 will consist of two steps. According to the Governor’s office, Phase 3 will last much longer than previous phases, and moving into Phase 4 will be dependent on the development of successful therapeutics or a vaccine.

In addition to the general Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards addressed in our previous alert, Gov. Baker’s administration has provided the following sector-specific rules for businesses that are permitted to open in Step 1 of Phase 3:

Gov. Baker also updated the limitations on gatherings, effective July 6 in Massachusetts, and July 13 in Boston. Under the revised order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed indoor space. Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25% of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space. This includes community events, civic events, sporting events, concerts, conventions, and more. This order does not apply to outdoor, unenclosed gatherings if proper social distancing measures are possible.

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