In anticipation of Governor Charlie Baker’s press conference this afternoon, his office has released these details, which we’re sharing via CBS Boston.
Effective this Friday, April 30:
- Masks will only be required outdoors when it’s not possible to maintain social distance
- Face coverings will still be required in indoor public places at all times and at indoor and outdoor events
Effective Monday, May 10:
- Large venues can increase capacity from 12% to 25%
- Amusement parks can operate at 50% capacity
- Road races and youth and adult tournaments for low- and moderate-risk sports will be permitted
- Singing will be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements
Effective Saturday, May 29:
- Gathering limits will increase from 200 to 250 people
- Street festivals and parades will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity
- Bars, breweries, beer gardens, distilleries and the like will be subject to restaurant rules
- Restaurant rules will be updated to eliminate food service requirement for alcohol consumption
On August 1, all restrictions will be lifted and capacities across the board will increase to 100%. These plans, of course, are subject to reevaluation pending public health data. But still: there is hope.