COVID-19: Communities In Step 1 of Phase III, Not Designated Lower-Risk

View the list of communities that are not designated as "lower-risk" communities, which will remain in Step 1 of Phase III of the Commonwealth's reopening plan.

Under Governor's COVID-19 Order #56 lower risk communities are permitted to move into Step II of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. All other communities remain in Phase III, Step I. 

Lower risk communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been designated in the “red” category in any of the last three weekly Department of Public Health weekly reports. Communities will lose their lower-risk designation if they are a "red" community for three consecutive DPH weekly reports.

Based on the most recent Department of Public Health data, the below communities are in Step 1 of Phase III

NOTE: Communities listed in bold are newly-added to the list of communities that must be in Step 1 of Phase III (list last updated 11/19):

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Communities Not Designated Lower Risk (11/19/20)

  • Abington
  • Acushnet
  • Attleboro
  • Brockton
  • Chelsea
  • Dracut
  • Everett
  • Fairhaven
  • Fall River
  • Fitchburg
  • Framingham
  • Holyoke
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Malden
  • Methuen
  • Milford
  • Nantucket
  • New Bedford
  • Norfolk
  • Revere
  • Rockland
  • Saugus
  • Seekonk
  • Somerset
  • Springfield
  • Tyngsborough
  • Westport
  • Woburn

Frequently Asked Questions

When does a community revert from Step 2 of Phase III to Step 1 of Phase III?

A community must revert to Step I of Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, as outlined in the Governor's COVID-19 Order #56, when the community is designated in the “red” category for three consecutive weekly Department of Public Health weekly reports. 

When a community reverts from Step 2 to Step 1, what date is the reversion effective?

The rule changes go into effect the Monday after the data is posted. For example, if a community is red for the third week and the Department of Public Health posts the data on Thursday, then the rules go into effect on the following Monday.

What changes when a community moves from Step 2 to Step 1 of Phase III?

The following types of businesses are prohibited from operating during Step 1 of Phase III: indoor performance venues, roller skating rinks, trampoline parks, obstacle courses, laser tag and escape rooms.

The following types of businesses must reduce capacity to 40% (currently 50%) when operating during Step 1 of Phase III: driving/flight schools, gyms, libraries, museums, arcades, and lower-contact indoor and outdoor recreation businesses.

During Step 1, outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings are limited to 50 people.

During Step 1, outdoor theater and performance venues may operate at 25% capacity but no more than 50 people.

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