Gov. Baker announced today that on Monday, the state will increase the capacity of restaurants and other public-facing businesses from the current 25% to 40%.
Baker said this is possible because Covid-19 hospitalization and test rates continue to drop since a peak in early January - hospitalization is down 33% since then.
However, he said the state will maintain its current gathering size limits - 10 people in a group indoors and 25 outside. He added that, at restaurants, tables are still limited to a total of six diners and that people can spend no more than 90 minutes dining inside.
The current limits were set as cases began to rise during last week's holiday season.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said that, for restaurants, the 40% limit applies only to patrons; workers are excluded from any calculations.
"People are doin' a great job in stopping the spread," Baker said, adding people still need to stay vigilant, maintain their personal bubbles and the like.
With more people getting vaccinated, "we just need to keep it up for a few more months," he said.