During a news conference held on Friday, May 29, Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. discussed the rules that restaurants and hotels will need to follow in order to open up during Phase 2 of his reopening plan.
The earliest that the second phase will begin will be on June 8, but Gov. Baker said on Friday that the industries included in that phase can start to make preparations.
In order for restaurants to open, outdoor seating will be necessary wherever possible. Tables will need to be situated at least six feet apart and no more than six people will be allowed to sit at any given table. Face masks will be required in such establishments until people are seated.
While bars will be able to serve alcohol, customers will not be able to sit, stand, or eat in bar areas. Any establishment that has buffet or self-serve drink areas will not be able to have those parts of the restaurant open.
When it comes to hotels, lobbies and common areas will have to be set up to allow for six feet of social distance between people and hallways will need to be labeled to indicate single-way travel.
Professional sports teams will be allowed to resume practices under an order that is expected to be issued on Monday, June 1. Athletic facilities will remain closed to the public however.
An announcement regarding an official start to Phase 2 is expected to come from the governor by Saturday, June 6.
This news comes as eight more people on Cape Cod diagnosed with COVID-19 since Thursday, May 28, according to numbers released by the Department of Public Health.
The total cumulative number of cases on Cape Cod since the first case was reported in March has now reached 1,303 people. It is estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of all people diagnosed with the disease have recovered from the illness.
One person has died from the illness on Cape Cod since Thursday, which brings the total number of deaths to 116 people in the region.
Based on the DPH report there are currently 15 people being treated for the illness at hospitals in Barnstable County and six of those people are in intensive care units.
Across the state there were 617 new cases reported since Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in Massachusetts up to 95,512 positive tests. The positive test rate overall is at just under 17 percent.
There were 78 new deaths across the state since Thursday and 6,718 people have died from COVID-19 in Massachusetts.