Temporary Capacity and Gathering Limits Effective December 26

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, Massachusetts will implement temporary capacity limits to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise. Businesses must adhere to the following capacity limitations. The revised limits below supersede existing limits in the Phase 3, Step 1 Sector-Specific Protocols. Except for the specified adjustments to capacity limitations, all other terms of COVID-19 gatherings order (including exceptions) and all sector-specific workplace safety rules remain unchanged. These limits are in effect until January 10, 2021 unless further extended by the Governor.

Sector Revised Capacity Limits† Notes
Gatherings (adjusting Order No. 57) 10 persons indoors

25 persons outdoors

applies to both private homes and event venues and public spaces
Restaurants 25% of seating capacity (a) workers/staff excluded from occupancy count;

(b) applies separately to indoor and outdoor capacity

Close Contact Personal Services 25% workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Indoor and Outdoor Events 10 persons indoors

25 persons outdoors

workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Theaters and Performance Venues

(Indoor performance venues remain closed)

Movie theaters – 25% and maximum 50 people

Outdoor performance venues – 25% and maximum 25 people

Casinos 25% MGC to re-issue capacity rules as necessary
Office Spaces 25%  
Places of Worship 25% workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Retail Businesses 25% workers/staff excluded from occupancy count
Driving and Flight Schools 25%  
Golf Facilities 25% applies only to indoor spaces
Libraries 25%  
Operators of Lodgings 25% applies only to common areas
Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Businesses 25%  
Fitness Centers and Health Clubs 25%  
Museums / Cultural & Historical Facilities / Guided Tours by vehicles and vessels 25%  
Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed 25%  
Common Areas in facilities subject to EEA-issued COVID-19 safety rules 25% applies only to indoor spaces and excludes youth and amateur sports facilities
†General Provision: Where no licensed or permitted capacity allowance is on record and for any enclosed space within a larger facility, occupancy shall be limited to no more than 5 persons per 1,000 square feet.

To see the Executive Orders and checklists in their entirety please Mass.gov.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Naomi Libran at 617-466-4152 or email her at nlibran@chelseama.gov.