ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Massachusetts is moving on to Phase II of reopening its economy starting Monday.
In a news conference on Saturday, Governor Charlie Baker says moving on to the next phase was determined by a decline in hospitalizations and positive COVID-19 tests.
According to the public health dashboard, since mid-April, the seven day average for the positive COVID-19 test rate is down 82%, the three day average of hospitalized patients is down 55%, and the number of hospitals in surge is down 76%.
Phase II of reopening will happen in two steps, with the first beginning Monday. This includes reopening child care, day camps, and hotels with restrictions and allowing youth sports with new guidelines.
Restaurant restrictions during Phase II include requiring tables be six feet apart, mandating masks be worn unless seated, and limiting parties to no more than six people per table.
Wetherlaine’s Restaurant in Attleboro has been busy converting their parking lot for outdoor dining service.
“We wanted to take the next step and move on to the next normal,” restaurant manager Jan Gard said. “We tried to make it as inviting as possible because it is a parking lot and we wanted people to feel comfortable with being outside. It’s such a dismal time. Maybe its time to come out and celebrate even if it’s six feet apart.”
Other close-contact personal service businesses like nail care, massage therapy and tattoo services, can open in step two.
“And that’s going to be determined by the data which will probably be revealed over the course of the next several days,” Gov. Baker said during a news conference on Saturday.