Massachusetts easing some COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday

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BOSTON (WPRI) — Massachusetts will begin to ease some of its pandemic restrictions on businesses as spikes in the number of hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 have begun to slow.

Beginning Monday at 5 a.m., the state’s early closure order for businesses and the stay at home advisory for the public will be lifted.

Dublin Rose in Seekonk told 12 News, the lifted curfew is coming at a great time — and they will no longer have to ask customers to leave in the middle of a big game.

“We don’t have to kick everyone out at half time which we were having to do before because our nine-thirty curfew,” Dublin Rose owner Tyler Almeida said.

The restrictions have been in effect since early November. The Seekonk sports pub on the border of Rhode Island said the nine-thirty curfew hurt business.

“It’s going to help us out because it’s like a seesaw affect with us and Rhode Island. The last two months they had the extra hour now for the next however long it will be we will have a couple extra hours to serve and again coming down to the Super Bowl it’s going to help us because now we don’t have to tell everyone to leave halfway through the game,” Almeida said.

Complete Fitness in Seekonk also had to close their doors early for the past couple of months. Owner Ed Medeiros said there are still restrictions strongly limiting business.

“The big challenge is we can’t have any classes so when you don’t have classes you lose a lot of people.

Twenty-five percent capacity would be going from a normal class of ten to fifteen people down to two or three,” he said.

Gov. Charlie Baker said the 25% capacity limit on businesses will remain in place until February 8.

It’s a day, both businesses are looking forward to.

“Unfortunately we are still at 25 percent capacity so we can only do so much,” Almeida said.

“I would have liked to see them go to 50 percent and alleviate the 25 percent. I think that’s important for businesses economically we need to get back to business,” Medeiros said.

In Rhode Island, the state department of health said restrictions being lifted here won’t be considered for at least three weeks.

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