Reopening Schedule for Restaurants and Venues

May 5, 2021
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Reopen Massachusetts

On Tuesday, April 27th, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st.

The Administration will also relax the Face Coverings Order for some outdoor settings, effective April 30th.

Effective Monday, May 10th: Large venues such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks currently open as part of Phase 4, Step 1 at 12% will be permitted to increase capacity to 25%.

Singing will also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.

Effective May 29th: Subject to public health and vaccination data, gathering limits will increase: • to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings and private settings. • the restaurant guidance will be updated to eliminate the requirement that food be served with alcohol and to increase the maximum table size to 10.

Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries, will be subject to restaurant rules with seated service only, a 90 minute limit and no dance floors. Effective August 1st: Subject to public health and vaccination data, remaining industries will be permitted to open including: • Dance clubs and nightclubs. All industry restrictions will be lifted at that time, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries, with businesses encouraged to continue following best practices. The gathering limit will be rescinded.

Depending on vaccine distribution and public health data, the Administration may consider re-evaluating the August 1st date.

The Department of Public Health will also continue to issue guidance as needed, including guidance to still require masks indoors.