Despite COVID-19 numbers in Berkshire County spiking slightly recently, Massachusetts will move into Step 1 of Phase 4 as planned, this coming Monday. Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement at the end of the last month that the state would be moving forward with the reopening plan.

Effective Monday, March 22, Massachusetts will move into Phase 4, Step 1:

Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks will reopen with a 12% capacity limit:

  • A large venue is defined as having a capacity of 5,000 or more
  • Venues with capacity under 5,000 are subject to the Indoor and Outdoor Performance Venue guidance
  • 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

Gathering Limits

  • Also effective on March 22, gathering limits for event venues and in public settings will increase to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 25 people, with indoor house gatherings remaining at 10 people.
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Additionally, dance floors will be permitted at weddings and other events only, and overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate this coming summer. Exhibition and convention halls may also begin to operate, following gatherings limits and event protocols.

All other Phase 4 industries will not be able to open until a future reopening step. Those include:

  • Road races, street festivals, and parades, and fairs
  • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks
  • Indoor water parks and indoor/outdoor ball pits
  • Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
  • Beer gardens/ breweries/ wineries/ distilleries
  • Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs—venues offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing and not providing seated food service


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