By Tiffany Williams –
Governor Charlie Baker on Friday announced continued plans to reopening the Bay State. Effective Monday Massachusetts will continue moving forward with phase 4 reopening for certain outdoor Phase 4 industries.
Those industries include amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks and the Governor’s office says they will be permitted to operate at a 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.
Also, the Governor’s office said road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts and other appropriate safety measures after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH.
Under the moving forward plan, large capacity venues such as the DCU Center home to the Massachusetts Pirates and outdoor stadiums such as Polar Park home to the Worcester Red Sox, will be permitted effective Monday to increase capacity to 25%.
Additionally, effective Monday youth and adult amateur sports tournaments will be allowed for moderate and high-risk sports. Singing will also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.
Since March 22, Massachusetts has loosened COVID-19 restrictions and advanced the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. Daily new COVID-19 cases have dropped by 45%, hospitalizations have dropped by 23%, and deaths have dropped by 69%.
The City of Worcester on Friday, reported 23,472 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in the city.
The City Manager’s office says that between both major hospital networks, Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care there are 52 total COVID-positive in-patients and 16 total COVID-positive ICU patients.
On Saturday, at the Worcester Common Oval, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a Walk-In Mobile Vaccine Equity Clinic. The City Manager’s office says no appointments are necessary for the City’s Walk-In Mobile Equity Clinics. 12,550 vaccination doses have been administered through the City’s Mobile Vaccination Clinics to 8,742 individuals.