iBerkshires.Com reports Gov. Charlie Baker Thursday announced that the commonwealth will extend restrictions on businesses that went into effect on Dec. 26 through at least Jan. 24 in an effort to stem Massachusetts' second surge of COVID-19 cases.
"Since Dec. 26, the commonwealth has had statewide restrictions in place to pause activity and reduce mobility statewide," Baker said. "These restrictions include reduced capacity for nearly all industries and reduced gathering sizes. It was put in place, in addition to other existing orders, like the 10 p.m. stay-at-home advisory and early closures for businesses earlier this fall.
Those restrictions were set to expire on Sunday, Jan. 10. Instead, they will remain in place for at least another two weeks, restricting capacity limits to 25 percent for most businesses and capping gatherings at 25 people outside and 10 people inside, Baker said.
The limits do not apply to K through 12 education, Baker emphasized.
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