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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

For immediate release:
12/22/2020
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Governor's Press Office
  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Public Health

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Sarah Finlaw, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

BOSTONToday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced further restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, including new capacity and gathering limits. These measures will go into effect on Saturday, December 26 and will remain in effect until noon on January 10, 2021.

Read a summary of the restrictions here.

Read the emergency order here.

Capacity Limits

Effective Saturday, December 26, most industries in Massachusetts will be subject to a 25% capacity limit including:

  • Restaurants (based on permitted seating capacity)
  • Close Contact Personal Services
  • Theatres and Performance Venues
  • Casinos
  • Office Spaces
  • Places of Worship
  • Retail Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Golf Facilities (for indoor spaces)
  • Libraries
  • Lodging (for common areas)
  • Arcades and Indoor Recreation Businesses
  • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Museums, Cultural Facilities and Guided Tours

Workers and staff will not count towards the occupancy count for restaurants, places of worship, close contact personal services, and retain businesses.

All other rules and restrictions in each sector-specific guidance will remain in effect.

Gatherings Limit

Effective Saturday, December 26, the gatherings limits will be updated. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people outside.

The gatherings limit applies to private homes, event venues and public spaces.

Elective Surgeries

The Department of Public Health released updated guidance to hospitals around nonessential, elective invasive procedures. To preserve health care personnel resources, effective 12:01am on December 26, all hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential inpatient elective invasive procedures in order to maintain and increase inpatient capacity. Hospitals shall make every effort to preserve their inpatient capacity by cancelling nonessential electives and redeploying staff. 

Patients are reminded to still seek necessary care at their hospital or from their health care provider.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and the Baker-Polito Administration are committed to serving the people of Massachusetts and making the Commonwealth a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Governor's Press Office 

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Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 

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Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

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Department of Public Health 

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