Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today that while Boston will start easing some Covid-19 restrictions on Friday, along with the rest of the state, it will lag behind the state on others by three months because of the city's relatively high numbers of vulnerable populations and complex business districts.
In a press conference today, Janey said that even though the state will end its formal outdoor masks-all-the-time requirement on Friday, she is encouraging Bostonians to continue wearing them, because they're a cheap and effective way to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Janey said Boston will allow indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks to increase capacity to 25% on May 10.
road races and other large events can return on June 1, as can indoor singing, with social distancing.
On June 19, the city will increase maximum capacity limits indoors to 200 people and that bars and beer gardens will be able to re-open without having to serve food. Table capacity will be increased to ten, but customers will still have to leave after 90 minutes. Festivals and street fairs at 50% of their previous capacity.
If all goes well, Janey said, Aug. 22 is the day Boston will fully re-open everything that had been closed because of Covid-19, in particular, clubs, dance halls and, yes, ball pits, although she cautioned that will depend on the data, which, as of today, is trending in the right direction. She said new Boston Covid-19 cases have dropped 41% over past two weeks, positivity rate is now 3.7%, more than 55% of Bostonians over 16 have gotten at least one shot.