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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

麻州第二波疫情來襲 州長宣佈13日起回歸第三階段第一步驟

    

 

麻州州長Charlie Baker直言他有朋友上餐廳用膳後確診。(周菊子攝)
         (Boston Orange 周菊子整理報導) 麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker) (8)日宣佈回縮開放步驟,週日(13)起調回第三階段第一步驟,而且室外聚會人數限制從100降為50,餐廳每桌最多可坐六人,飯局限時90分鐘結束等。

              查理貝克將於明日進一步說明有關疫苗的取得及分配計畫。他也表示麻州有足夠用到明年的個人防護用品(PPE)

              查理貝克坦言受影響最大的將是室內娛樂表演業等人與人有最多接觸的行業,但第二波新冠病毒疫情爆發,感染住院人數激增,他也很無奈。

麻州副州長Karyn Polito說明限制細節。(周菊子攝)
              包括健身房,圖書館,博物館,零售商場,辦公室或教堂,電影院等場所,使用容量都將降為40%

              一些原本指定為第二階段開放的行業,包括室內表演場所,高接觸的室內娛樂場所,將再度關閉。

              查理貝克表示,「每一個人都應該了解的重要事情是,個人決定的每天要做甚麼,要和誰再一起,對制止病毒傳播,容許人們能夠去上班,學童能夠去上學,保持醫療系統強壯,都有重大影響」。

              麻州副州長白莉朵(Karyn Polito)在疫情匯報會中仔細說明了一下新的限制,包括25人以上聚會,需要事先通知在地公共衛生局。上餐廳時,每桌最多只能坐6個人,除了吃東西的時候之外,其他時候都得戴口罩。此外最好只和家人共餐。社交會所如果供應食品,也須遵循適用於餐館的規定。

              餐廳內禁止音樂表演,購物商場的食苑須關閉。

              辦公室員工除非只有自己一個人在工作場所,否則都須戴口罩。州政府還鼓勵雇主限制員工使用或關閉休息室。

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Statewide Rollback to Phase Three, Step One, Additional Restrictions Effective December 13th

Governor Baker Announces New Restrictions Statewide for Capacity, Mask Compliance and Distancing Due to Increased Cases, Hospitalizations 

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that effective Sunday, December 13th, all communities in Massachusetts will return to Step 1 of Phase 3, of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan. This will reduce indoor capacities across a broad range of sectors of the economy and tighten several other workplace restrictions. The Administration announced the roll-back to respond to an increase in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations since the Thanksgiving holiday that is straining the health care system in Massachusetts.

The return to Step 1 will also require the closure of certain businesses designated as Step 2 industries. These include indoor performance venues and certain high-contact indoor recreational businesses. In addition, capacity limits will be reduced to 40% statewide for most industries, and the limit on outdoor gatherings will be reduced statewide from 100 persons to 50 persons. Additional safety measures will be applied to restaurant dining as well.

These new measures are designed to prevent infection and viral spread, especially in indoor settings. They will create stronger mask compliance, more social distancing, and limits to the time spent with people outside of your immediate household. 

The Administration also announced additional guidance for certain sectors including restaurants, office spaces and gyms, to address activities where mask wearing is not possible at all times.

Phase III, Step I:

Effective December 13, all communities will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan, including the following restrictions:

  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues will be limited to no more than 50 people
  • Hosts of outdoor gatherings of greater than 25 people will be required to provide advance notice of the gathering their local board of health
  • Indoor theaters and performance venues and higher contact indoor recreation businesses will be required to close to the public
  • Outdoor theaters and performance venues will be limited to 25% capacity, and no more than 50 people

In all communities, capacity will be reduced from 50% to 40% for the following sectors:

  • Arcades/Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Gyms/Health Clubs
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Retail
  • Offices
  • Places of Worship
  • Lodging (common areas)
  • Golf facilities
  • Movie Theaters (Maximum 50 people per theater)

This new capacity limit will not apply to sectors that do not currently have a percentage-based capacity limit, including restaurants, laboratories and close contact personal services.

Click here to read the revised gatherings order.

Click here to read the order rolling Massachusetts back to Phase III, Step 1.

 

Restaurants and Venues

The Administration also announced new guidelines for restaurants and other venues with seated dining, including:

  • Patrons must wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking
  • Restaurants must seat no more than six patrons per table
  • Restaurants must impose a 90-minute time limit on tables
  • Musical performances at restaurants will no longer be permitted
  • Food court seating must be closed in malls

Customers are encouraged to dine only with members of the same household.

Offices and Gyms

The Administration announced new guidelines for workplaces and gyms, including:

  • In offices, employees must wear masks at their place of work when not in their own workspace and alone
  • Employers are encouraged to close or limit the use of break rooms
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times in gyms

The Administration continues to encourage all employers to offer teleworking to their employees when possible.

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