What can — and can’t — reopen when Massachusetts moves into Phase 4 of its reopening plan Monday

Gov. Charlie Baker has confirmed that the state is officially moving forward with plans to begin the fourth and final phase of the state's reopening plan on March 22.

Dr. Edward Ullman, an emergency medicine doctor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, at the COVID-19 vaccination site at Fenway Park. Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration confirmed Thursday that Massachusetts will move into Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan on Monday.

But not entirely.

Like the previous two reopening phases, Phase 4 is being split up into multiple steps, meaning that certain things — like bars and amusement parks — remain indefinitely closed. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has said that officials will allow those industries to reopen at a later date under step two of Phase 4.

Here’s a look at what can and cannot reopen Monday:

What can open in the first step of Phase 4:

  • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks at 12 percent capacity
  • Overnight camps, beginning this summer
  • Exhibition and convention halls
  • Dance floors, for weddings and events only

Phase 4 industries not allowed to reopen:

  • Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks
  • Bars that do not provide seated food service
  • Dance clubs and nightclubs
  • Fraternal Orders and social clubs that serve as a bar or as a large-capacity venue used for group or spectator events
  • Saunas, hot-tubs, and steam rooms
  • Ball pits
  • Street festivals, parades, and agricultural festivals
  • Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events

Effective Monday, the state is also relaxing gathering limits for event venues and public settings to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors, while private gathering limits will remain at a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.


On Feb. 25, Baker first announced the tentative plans to move into Phase 4, if COVID-19 level continued their downward trend. The state subsequently transitioned to the second step of Phase 3 on March 1.

Here’s what that change meant:

  • Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity with no more than 500 persons
  • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses) were allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity
  • Capacity limits across all sectors with capacity limits were raised to 50 percent, excluding employees
  • Restaurants no longer had a percent capacity limit and were permitted to host musical performances; six-foot social distancing, limits of six people per table, and 90-minute limits remain in place


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