Somerville announced yesterday it's pushing back its version of Gov. Baker's phase-3 reopening until at least July 13 - and might wait even longer to relax restrictions on health clubs, outdoor gatherings and movie theaters because of the continued escalation of Covid-19 in much of the country.
With the announcement, Somerville joins Boston in waiting at least a week to ease more Covid-19 restrictions on certain types of businesses and gatherings.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise throughout much of the country, Somerville Phase 3 reopenings - and implementation of gatherings guidance - will proceed on a more cautious schedule than those outlined by the Governor. ...
Businesses in the Phase 3 reopening include large indoor venues generally considered to be at high risk for viral spread without proper measures in place, such as movie theaters, cultural centers, and performance venues. Opening dates and gathering guidelines will be announced after due diligence has been performed to ensure activities will proceed with proper safety measures and plans in place that will reduce risk to public health and be part of a sustainable reopening.
The Governor’s plan allows for reopenings to start Monday, July 6, except for in Boston, which will reopen July 13. Yet, as with most previous phases, Somerville will take a more cautious approach given that it is the most densely populated city in Massachusetts and in the heart of the metro Boston region.
The Somerville announcement does not apply to health-care facilities, the city says.