Step 2 of Phase 3 begins Monday in low-risk communities

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Starting Monday, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step 2 of Phase 3 for lower risk communities.

Lower risk communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been a “red” community in any of the last three weekly DPH weekly reports.

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“We think it’s great that more things are opening,” said Gerard Kiernan of Springfield. “I think it definitely helps the economy and I think Governor Baker is doing a great job. I think his caution is well warranted. We’re just looking forward to things getting back to normal.”

With the new order, indoor performance and outdoor venues will be allowed to open with 50 percent capacity and a maximum of 250 people. Fitting rooms will be allowed to open in all retail stores. And roller rinks along with laser tag will be permitted to open with a capacity of 50 percent.

Gyms, museums and libraries in low-risk communities are also allowed to increase their capacity to 50 percent.

“It is important that we reopen our economy and support our local businesses but as we’ve said before this virus is still with us,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said at a recent press conference.

For all communities, outdoor gatherings at private residences and backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people and indoor gatherings remain at 25 people max.

“The outdoor limit will increase to 100 people in public spaces and regular event venues for lower risk communities,” said Governor Baker.

In the higher-risk communities, the limit will remain at 50 people for outdoor events.

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