Gov. Baker today announced two phases of Covid-19 easing, that includes expanding restaurant capacity on March 1 and giving stadiums and arenas the ability to re-open, although not at full capacity, as Massachusetts Covid-19 numbers continue to fall.
On March 1, the current cap on restaurant capacity will go away, although restaurants will have to keep tables at least six feet apart, limit parties to six people and their time to 90 minutes. Also, restaurants will be allowed to bring in live musicians again. Other indoor spaces, including concert halls, theaters, houses of worship and laser-tag arenas, will be allowed to re-open, up to 50% of their before-times capacity - and up to a maximum capacity of 500 people.
On March 22, arenas and stadiums will be allowed to re-open, with a maximum capacity of 12% of their normal capacity. Facilities will be allowed to re-open dance floors - but only for weddings and other events. Summer camps will be allowed to open.
Baker said that the vaccination signup worked well this morning and distributed 50,000 shot slots. He did allow that one of the three online systems in use showed wait times that "didn't make any sense at all." He asked for patience because, at the current rate of vials being sent to Massachusetts, it will take at least a month to administer shots to everybody who is now eligible and wants them.