Capacity increases to 40% Feb. 8

February 4, 2021
Massachusetts Restaurant Association

Massachusetts - Business capacity increased to 40% effective 2/8

The Baker Administration announced that effective Monday, February 8th at 5:00 AM, businesses can operate at 40% capacity. This is an increase from an existing order limiting capacity to 25% for many businesses that expires Monday.
Beginning when the order expires, restaurants and close contact personal services will also be allowed to operate at a 40% capacity limit. Restaurant employees are excluded from the capacity limit.
Additionally, the Administration announced that current restrictions limiting gathering sizes to 10 persons indoors and 25 persons outdoors would remain in place for the present time.
All other restaurant specific orders and safety guidance remain in place.
PPP - Application Update - certain applications getting rejected

It has been brought to our attention that certain 2nd draw PPP applications filed with Citizen's Bank, and possibly other banks, have been recently rejected by the SBA portal. This appears to be an issue across the country and the SBA is looking into a resolution, as there are a number of different reasons being noted for the declines.

The SBA is well aware that this is causing concern for many customers and will follow up as more information becomes available.