t a Statehouse press conference, held Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the restrictions that went into effect on December 26 will now be extended for at least two more weeks, to Jan. 24.
Aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, the 25% capacity limit affects many businesses, including restaurants, casinos, offices, houses of worship, retail stores, driving schools, theaters and performance venues, golf courses, libraries, lodging, arcades, fitness and health clubs and museums.
#COVID19MA cases + hospitalizations continue to rise. Today we are extending temporary restrictions to pause activity and reduce mobility until January 24.— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 7, 2021
Most industries are limited to 25% capacity. Gatherings are limited to 10 indoors, 25 outdoors.
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Workers and staff will not count toward the occupancy count for restaurants, places of worship, close contact personal services, and retail businesses.
Baker said he understands how hard the limits are, particularly for small businesses, but they're needed to try to stem the latest COVID-19 surge in the state. The Republican said his administration will review the progress in two weeks to see if the limits can be eased then.
"We need to stay in this game a little longer," he said.