Saturday, April 20, 2024

Cambridge is freezing its coronavirus reopening where it is, going for a “cautious and measured approach to activities and industries permitted” despite saying in a Monday email that “the ongoing rollout of the commonwealth’s vaccination plan is encouraging.”

The city is staying in Phase III, Step 2, of reopening plans “until further notice” instead of entering a Phase IV, Step 1, being undertaken elsewhere in the state to allow performance venues such as nightclubs and theaters to reopen at 50 percent capacity, raising limits to 100 people indoors or 150 people outdoors. 

That means Cambridge restrictions on gathering limits for event venues and in public settings stay at 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Outdoor gatherings at homes and in backyards stay capped at 25 people, with indoor house gatherings remaining at 10 people.

A prohibition on city-sponsored community events, events permitted for the use of parks or other city-sponsored public gatherings is being kept in place through May 31, after beginning March 16, 2020.

“The city’s team considers many factors when making decisions, including available science and local, regional, statewide and national data trends. Remaining in Phase III, Step 2, is aligned with our ongoing strategy,” City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said in the press release. “If public health data trends shift, the city will reevaluate Cambridge’s reopening status, just as we have done throughout the pandemic. The city’s conservative approach to its phased reopening balances our efforts to minimize the public health impacts of Covid-19 with providing vital support to our residents and local business.”

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