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Here are the Massachusetts cities and towns that can’t move forward in the reopening plan next week

Read the full list.

Community-level COVID-19 prevalence map. Mass.gov

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Gov. Charlie Baker announced this week that most — but not all — of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts would be able to move forward in the state’s reopening plan next Monday, amid evidence of little to no community transmission of COVID-19.

And now we know which specific communities.

The governor’s order allows “lower-risk” communities to move to the second step of Phase 3 of the reopening plan — a move that allows most indoor performance venues and higher-contact recreational attractions to reopen with restrictions — and also eases the limit on public outdoor gatherings in those cities and towns.

Lower-risk communities are defined as localities that have not been in the “red” category on the state’s color-coded COVID-19 prevalence map in any of the past three weekly Department of Public Health reports (the red category means that a community is averaging more than eight daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, which officials say puts residents at high risk of catching the disease).

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As of this week, 29 communities don’t meet the lower-risk standard and must remain in the first step of Phase 3 next week, if not longer.

According to the weekly DPH report, there are 23 communities currently in the red zone, including Boston, which was included in the high-risk category for the first time this week. Several other communities, such as Chelsea, North Andover, and Revere, reported incidence rates that were double the eight-case-per-100,000 threshold.

There are also six Massachusetts towns — Dedham, Monson, Plainville, Saugus, Tyngsborough, and Wrentham — that aren’t currently in the red zone but aren’t yet classified as a lower-risk community due to recent weekly reports.

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According to officials, communities will only be allowed to move forward in the reopening plan after three consecutive weeks in the gray, green, or yellow categories. Likewise, lower-risk communities will be required to return to the first step of Phase 3 if they are in the red zone for three straight weeks.

Read the full list of communities who currently must remain in the first step below:

  • Attleboro
  • Avon
  • Boston
  • Chelsea
  • Dedham
  • Dracut
  • Everett
  • Framingham
  • Haverhill
  • Holliston
  • Lawrence
  • Lowell
  • Lynn
  • Lynnfield
  • Marlborough
  • Methuen
  • Middleton
  • Monson
  • Nantucket
  • New Bedford
  • North Andover
  • Plainville
  • Revere
  • Saugus
  • Springfield
  • Tyngsborough
  • Winthrop
  • Worcester
  • Wrentham

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