Somerville to Delay Phase 3 Open Date Until July 20

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Phase 3 Business and Gatherings in Somerville to Reopen July 20

Guidelines and requirements for reopening to be announced

SOMERVILLE, MA – Phase 3 Step 1 business establishments in Somerville will be allowed to reopen on Monday, July 20, assuming all safety protocols are met. New indoor and outdoor gathering guidelines will also go into effect on July 20 with additional restrictions beyond those imposed by the State. The City is currently working in collaboration with area businesses to finalize enhanced safety requirements and guidelines, which will be issued next week.

Businesses in the Phase 3 Step 1 reopening include large indoor venues generally considered to be at high risk for viral spread without proper measures in place, such as movie theaters, cultural centers, and performance venues. Gyms, fitness centers such as yoga or spin studios, and outdoor performance venues, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings are also included in this phase.

“Research shows that the risk of coronavirus transmission is significantly higher in indoor spaces and that larger events and gatherings can lead to exponentially more virus spread if an infected person is present,” said Doug Kress, Director of Health and Human Services. “People with COVID-19 can also pass this virus on to others even when they have no or only mild symptoms. So it is imperative that we remain vigilant and move forward thoughtfully and carefully as we enter into Phase 3. In Somerville, we are fortunate to have a business community committed to working with us to ensure Somerville sets and follows the highest safety standards.”

Phase 3 Health and Human Services categories opened in Somerville according to statewide plans on July 6.

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2 thoughts on “Somerville to Delay Phase 3 Open Date Until July 20”

  1. Arthur just getting media coverage is all the emporer wants and needs. Public swimming pools, splash areas and he was watching a baseball game at Trum.
    But people cannot decide for themselves where and when they can go to a move, grab a meal and have a cocktail.
    But the emporer is free to roam looking publicity he continues to ruin the businesses and piss off the residents.

  2. This is only for publicity for the mayor. Serves no other purpose whatsoever,. It gets his picture int he paper. And at the same time continues his trend towards killing local businesses which has been going on before the virus.

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