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Large event venues including TD Garden, Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium will be allowed to double their current capacities starting on Monday, and amusement parks will be permitted to reopen at half capacity as the state relaxes its COVID-19 restrictions.

The state is scheduled to move to the next step in its reopening plan, allowing large indoor and outdoor venues to increase capacity from 12 percent to 25 percent. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the shift last month, saying the state’s coronavirus cases had fallen 20 percent since March.

Amusement parks and water parks will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity after submitting safety plans to state health officials, and road races will be permitted with staggered starts.

The next step in reopening is scheduled for May 29, subject to continued progress in case rates and vaccinations. That shift would expand gathering limits to 200 people for indoor events and 250 people outside. Street festivals and parades would be permitted at half their previous capacity, and certain restaurant rules would be lifted, including a requirement saying alcohol can only be served alongside food.

Under the relaxed restrictions, amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks will be permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.

Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted with staggered starts and other safety measures after also submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH.

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

State health officials said groceries and retail stores with pharmacy departments will no longer be required to offer senior hours – but should still consider dedicated hours of operation for seniors.

Since March 22, daily new COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts have dropped by 45 percent, hospitalizations have dropped by 23 percent, and deaths have dropped by 69 percent.

Big Venues Set to Expand Capacity as Mass. Eases Limits

by The Associated Press time to read: 1 min
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