Massachusetts Governor Allows Indoor Dining, Personal Service Businesses to Reopen

BOSTON — Indoor dining services at restaurants and personal service businesses, including nail salons and massage therapy parlors, have been cleared to reopen as of June 22, according to a statement from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Businesses in Massachusetts have gradually reopened over the last few weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed across the state. Restaurants were permitted to resume outdoor dining services on June 8, provided that tables both inside and outside were spaced at least six feet apart and customers wore masks when not seated at their table. Party sizes are limited to six guests and bar seating is not allowed.

Other businesses permitted to reopen include retail fitting rooms, tanning salons, skin care services, tattoo parlors and personal training facilities. In addition, offices can expand from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity but are still encouraged to allow employees to work from home if possible. As of June 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 106,900 cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and more than 7,800 deaths.

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