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Posted on: February 4, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration: Changes to Sector-specific Occupancy Restrictions

Baker Polito

Press Release: February 4, 2021

IMPORTANT - Changes to sector-specific capacity:  Effective February 8, 2021 at 5:00 A.M.

1.  Lifting 25% Capacity Restriction 

All businesses in the list below, currently limited to 25% capacity, will return to 40% capacity, as previously allowed. (The sector-specific industry standards dated in December 2020 will apply.)

  • Arcades and Recreational Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Gyms / Health Clubs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Places of Worship
  • Lodging (common areas)
  • Golf (indoor areas)
  • Movie theaters (no more than 50 people per theater)

Restaurants will now be limited to 40% of their seated capacity and, as under the 25% capacity rule, employees will not count toward the limit.

Close Contact Personal Services will now be limited to 40% capacity and, as under the 25% capacity rule, employees will be not count toward the limit.

  • A limit of 5 people per 1,000 sq. feet applies for smaller businesses without an available fire occupancy capacity

There continues to be no capacity limits on manufacturing, construction, and laboratories. Note: these sectors have never had capacity limits.


2.  Gatherings Order (Order No. 62)

  • The gatherings limit will stay at 10 indoors, 25 outdoors


3.  The Commonwealth remains in Phase 3 Step 1 of Reopening (Order No. 58)

  • Indoor performance venues and indoor recreation businesses like roller rinks and trampoline parks remain closed.

4.   All changes are effective Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:00 A.M.

Baker-Polito Press Release: 02-04-21
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