Friday, July 12, 2024

Cambridge is staying at Phase IV, Step 1, of the state’s coronavirus reopening plan as other parts of the state are able to return Monday to additional activities such as indoor singing at restaurants and venues, city officials said Friday.

Though the city is designated as a low-risk “green” community by the state, with a Covid-19 positivity rate of 0.32 percent, and though 62 percent of residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, Cambridge “will continue to take a cautious approach to its reopening strategy by delaying moving to Phase IV, Step 2,” according to a Friday press release.

Some parts of Phase IV, Step 2, are irrelevant within the borders of Cambridge, such as letting amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks go to 50 percent capacity after submitting safety plans to the state; but stopping at Phase IV, Step 1, also prevents road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events, even with staggered starts; and youth or adult amateur sports tournaments for moderate- or high-risk sports.

People are still allowed to be unmasked in Cambridge when 6-foot distancing is possible, but masks are required at all times at indoor and outdoor venues and events, except when eating or drinking, and in any common area of residential buildings of two or more units, the announcement said. At businesses, workers may remove masks only when working alone in an individual office with a door closed or when working alone in an office suite with no other people present. Masks must be worn at all other times in places of business.

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