Early Business Closing Order Rescinded Effective January 25

 by Tom MarinoJanuary 21, 2021

Governor Baker announced on Thursday, January 21, that he will not extend the Stay at Home Advisory hours and Mandatory Early Closure of Business Order. Baker rescinded both orders effective on Monday, January 25.

The 25% temporary capacity and gathering limits remain in effect until Monday, February 8, unless extended.

The Stay at Home Advisory asks Massachusetts residents to stay home between the hours of 10 PM and 5 AM. It has exceptions for work and other necessities.

The Stay at Home Advisory expires at 5 AM on Monday, January 25.

The Mandatory Early Closure of Businesses Order requires businesses in several categories to close by 9:30 PM. It will also expire at 5 AM on Monday, January 25.

Businesses in many categories will now be able to operate past 9:30 PM:

  • Restaurants
  • Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation (Phase 3, Step 1 businesses only)
  • Indoor and Outdoor Events
  • Movie Theaters and Outdoor Performance Venues
  • Drive-In Movie Theaters
  • Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities
  • Golf Facilities
  • Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses (e.g. charter boats)
  • Outdoor Recreational Experiences
  • Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers
  • Close Contact Personal Services (e.g. hair and nail salons)
  • Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours
  • Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Indoor and Outdoor Pools

Gathering times are no longer restricted on the same date.

The order expiring will also enable retail establishments that sell alcohol to do so after to 9:30 PM. Adult-use cannabis retailers may also sell cannabis after 9:30 PM.

The 25% temporary capacity and gathering limits remain in place and are due to expire on Monday, February 8.

Businesses in Phase 3, Step 2 of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Reopening Massachusetts plan must remain fully closed. These include indoor performance venues and certain high-contact indoor recreational businesses.

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