Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3; Gyms, Museums Can Open
Fitness centers, movie theaters, museums and other enclosed venues will be able to reopen on Monday with restrictions and the number of people allowed in an indoor gathering is now raised to 25.
Dubbed "Vigilant," this next two-step phase will still require basic protocols of sanitation, social distancing and face coverings. Boston will have to wait one more week to enter this phase.
"Phase 3 contains some bigger players that will draw more people into indoor settings, with respect to various activities like movie theaters and museums. Medical evidence continues to say that COVID has a much higher risk of spreading indoors and enclosed spaces, than it does in outdoor spaces," the governor continued. "This phase will last significantly longer than the other phases so that we can closely monitor the impact to our public health data."
This next phase will also allow the resumption of league sports — without spectators — and an announcement on those conditions was being held later in the afternoon at Fenway Park.
Officials are also urging residents to be careful as they celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend. Most public observances have been canceled to prevent the congregation of large crowds, but those having backyard cookouts or family gatherings should continue take precautions.
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