June 19, 2020
BOSTON — As some Massachusetts businesses prepare to launch into the next stage of the coronavirus reopening plan, others will have to wait at least one extra week before welcoming back customers.
Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced that Phase 2 of his reopening plan will progress to the second stage on Monday. That includes allowing for indoor dining, 50% capacity in offices and personal services like nail salons, all with various safety procedures.
Under the state reopening plan, each phase was slated to last at least three weeks. That would’ve put the start of Phase 3 as early as June 29, but Baker on Friday also announced that he would delay that transition at least one extra week.
That means Phase 3, which includes gyms and casinos, will start no sooner than July 6.
“I absolutely believe that one way you reduce the size of the problem that you have in the fall is by doing everything you can to squeeze as much of the heat out of the virus as you possibly can between now and then,” Baker said.
The state’s numbers are still trending in the right direction for continuing through the reopening plan. As of Friday there were 228 new cases of COVID-19 reported and 30 new deaths.