Walsh slows reopening amid COVID spike

As of Sept. 30, Boston is in the red zone on Massachusetts’ COVID-19 case rate map, a designation that signifies an infection rate of more than eight cases per 100,000 residents.

In Boston last Friday, Mayor Martin Walsh said in a media briefing at City Hall that there were 82 new cases the day before.

“As expected, we entered the red category on the state map on Wednesday,” Walsh said. “We continue to do outreach in East Boston and Dorchester, where the positive test rates were highest last week.”

Boston will not move into step two of Phase 3 under the state’s reopening plan, which would allow for increased capacity at most events and venues.

The red zone designation came as Boston Public Schools started phased in-person learning, beginning with learners with the highest needs on Oct. 1. BPS officials previously pledged schools would not remain open if the rate

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