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Here’s what must remain closed as Boston extends its reopening rollback

Gyms, museums, aquariums, sightseeing and other organized tours, and indoor historical spaces and sites have to remain closed in Boston for another three weeks.Globe Staff

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Tuesday that the city will continue tighter restrictions on its economy for another three weeks as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.

Boston, which had been in Phase 3, Step 1, of Massachusetts’ reopening plan, moved into a modified Phase 2, Step 2, in mid-December for at least three weeks, Walsh announced at the time, a phase that will now continue for three more weeks.

Here’s what has to remain closed in Boston under the Phase 2, Step 2, reopening phase:

  • Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, including gyms using alternative spaces. One-on-one personal training sessions are allowed
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums
  • Aquariums
  • Indoor recreational and athletic facilities for adults. College sports teams in Boston can continue to use indoor recreational recreational facilities and fitness centers. Indoor pools can also remain open with restrictions
  • Indoor historical spaces and sites
  • Indoor recreational venues with low potential for contact, including batting cages, driving ranges, bowling alleys, and rock-climbing walls
  • Sightseeing and other organized tours, including bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, and whale watching
  • Indoor and outdoor gaming arcades and associated gaming devices
  • Indoor event spaces, including meeting rooms, ballrooms, and private party rooms, and social clubs. Private social clubs that serve food can continue to operate under restaurant guidance

Indoor dining can continue in Boston, Walsh said, but restaurants with bar seating will need approval from the city’s licensing board, and a 90-minute time limit on eating at restaurants will remain in effect.


Film production, which is not allowed to operate under Phase 2, Step 2, of the state’s guidelines, will be allowed to continue, Walsh said.

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