Phase 4, Step 1

Reopening Announcement

On March 1, Massachusetts loosened restrictions capacity restrictions for several industries and advanced to Step 2 of Phase III of the reopening plan. Since then, hospitalizations dropped by 20% and deaths dropped by 24%. The seven-day average of new cases in long-term care facilities dropped by 53%.  And the positive test rate remains below 2% and has been for several weeks now. Seven day average of new cases is also down over this time by 7%. Source: ( The Baker administration said it would follow the science in re-opening the economy and the science now indicates that Massachusetts can safely move to the first step of Phase 4;  this was announced today,  March 18th.


Reopening Announcement:


Increase in Gatherings Limit: 

March 22nd* for event venues and public settings, the private setting will remain the same:

    • Event Venues and Public Settings:

o 100 indoor

o 150 outdoor

    • Private Settings (such as private residences):

o 10 indoors

o 25 outdoors


Additional Reopening:

March 22nd* – Phase 4, Step 1 which includes the following re-openings:

    • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks will reopen with a 12.5% capacity limit

o A large venue is defined as having a capacity of 5,000 or more

o Venues with capacity under 5,000 are subject to the Indoor and Outdoor Performance Venue guidance

o Large venues will be required to submit a safety plan to the Department of Public Health

    • Overnight Camps will be allowed to open for Summer 2021
    • Exhibition and Convention Halls may reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules
    • Dance floors may open at weddings and events only


Industries still awaiting future reopening steps:


* subject to public health data

"AIM supports the Baker administration moving Massachusetts forward to the next phase of reopening our businesses. "

— Associated Industries of Massachusetts