Starting Monday, lower-risk communities across the state can reopen some businesses under Phase 3, Step 2 of the economic recovery plan implemented earlier this year. The changes will loosen restrictions, including allowing more people to gather in places like performance venues, gyms, museums, and libraries.
Governor Charlie Baker said that the state was using a targeted approach that would not allow communities still hit hard by the virus to loosen restrictions.
“We have proven we can contain this virus. We have proven we can reopen our economy,” Baker told reporters Tuesday. “But people need to stay vigilant.”
Some public experts have been concerned about easing those restrictions, particularly as the state has seen an increasing positivity rate, climbing from .8 percent as of Sept. 23 to 1.1 percent as of Saturday.
The state’s latest coronavirus figures brought the state’s death toll to 9,295 Sunday, the state reported, while the total