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Indoor dining, other businesses allowed to open today

Limited indoor dining and other business are reopening Monday as the state moves forward with the second part of Phase 2.
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Limited indoor dining and other businesses are reopening Monday as the state moves forward with the second part of Phase 2.

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to drop, indoor dining, nail and tanning salons, massage therapy services and tattoo parlors can all get back in business with restrictions.

For many spots, this has been a day weeks in the making. The team at Ink Jam Tattoo in Arlington is practicing stenciling as they get ready to reopen.

At Avenue in Medfield, they’ve been doing takeout and outdoor dining — but this weekend, they started setting up tables inside, six feet apart, to welcome customers back in.

Retail dressing rooms can reopen by appointment only and offices can reopen at 50% capacity.

Gov. Charlie Baker has said, however, that people should to continue to socially distance, wear masks and practice proper hygiene. The governor said if people can still work from home they should to limit crowding on public transit. He said he was leaving the current work-from-home structure for executive branch government employees in place.

“We should keep in mind that COVID doesn’t take the summer off. We cannot nor should we become complacent,” Baker said, noting spikes in cases and hospitalizations in other parts of the country.

Businesses given the green light to open in Phase Two of Step II include:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants (Click here for guidelines)
  • Retail dressing rooms, by appointment only
  • Offices, at 50% capacity
  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including: Hair removal and replacement; Nail care; Skin care; Massage therapy; Makeup salons and makeup application services; Tanning salons; Tattoo, piercing and body art services; Personal training, with restrictions. (Click here for guidelines)
  • Click here for guidelines for other industries

Businesses and sectors set to begin operating in Phase Two of Step II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 30 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 7,858.

In addition, state health officials reported 125 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 107,061.

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