Governor increases limits on gatherings in anticipation of holiday COVID surge

Governor Charlie Baker introduced new restrictions that will take effect Saturday, Dec. 26, in anticipation of increased community COVID-19 spread during the holidays. During a media availability Tuesday, Baker announced that there were 410 patients in ICU being treated for COVID-19. Hospitals have reached 81% capacity, up from 67% at Thanksgiving. Many industries will be lowered to 25% capacity statewide. All public and private indoor gatherings will be reduced to 10 people, and outdoor gatherings reduced to 25.

Massachusetts remains above a 5% positive case rate for the third week in a row. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations has risen steadily since November, reaching 1,895 on Dec. 20.

Though the governor announced a statewide rollback to Phase 3 of the reopening plan, four state legislators are calling for more restrictions to reduce the numbers. In a letter to the governor on Dec. 17, they asked for a state

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