With Covid-19 numbers continuing to rise, Mayor Walsh said today he's rolling the city back to an earlier time in the pandemic and ordering that a variety of indoor facilities and outdoor tours be shut for three weeks starting Wednesday.
The restaurants that have yet to go into hibernation can keep their current dining rooms open subject to the same current restrictions on masks, distancing and seating - and provided no patrons spends more than 90 minutes. Restaurants that want to let patrons sit at the bar will need to seek permission from the Boston Licensing Board.
Arlington, Brockton, Lynn, Newton, Somerville and Winthrop announced a similar rollback today as well.
In a statement, Walsh said:
Unfortunately, we are at the point where we need to take stronger action to control COVID-19 in Boston, and urgently, to ensure our health care workers have the capacity to care for everyone in need. We are hopeful that by reducing opportunities for transmission throughout the region, we will reduce the spread of this deadly virus and maintain our ability to keep critical services open. We continue to urge everyone to take personal responsibility and follow the public health guidelines while visiting any public space or business, and employers to allow their employees to work from home as much as possible. Together, we will be able to get this virus under control, save lives, and ultimately come back stronger.
Ordered shut starting Wednesday: Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, other indoor recreational and athletic facilities aimed at adults, movie theaters, museums, the Aquarium, sightseeing and harbor tours, indoor historical sites and event spaces such as meeting rooms and video arcades.
Still allowed open, but only up to 40% capacity: Offices. Walsh said he encourages employers to let workers work at home whenever possible.
- Indoor non-athletic instructional classes in arts, education & life sciences for persons 18 years and older may continue to operate within the 10-person capacity limit.
- Outdoor event spaces used for gatherings and celebrations within the 25-person capacity limit, including those in parks, reservations, and other outdoor spaces not designated in Phase Four.
- Outdoor theaters and outdoor performance venues may continue to operate within the 25-person capacity limit.
- Motion picture, television and streaming production may continue to operate.