BOSTON (WHDH) – Bay State has taken its largest step to date towards a return to normal life, lifting all remaining coronavirus restrictions across the state.
Governor Charlie Baker signed a resolution on Friday officially lifting the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in Massachusetts, effective Saturday at 12:01 a.m.
Many Boston restaurants and their diners stayed up to celebrate the clock struck midnight.
The owner of the Arya Trattoria, Massimo Tiberi, celebrated the end of the restrictions by removing the partitions between the tables in his restaurant and adding six more seats.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Tiberi. “We can actually serve people better, the room looks better, everything is good.”
“I feel really good, I know there have been a lot of restrictions on people’s safety and I’m glad we made it to the end and everyone is looking forward to a better future,” said bar patron Kyle Rosa.
“You can see how special it is for guests to return here. It’s a game changer, ”said Kate Reeves, general manager of Tres Gatos in the Jamaica Plain.
All restrictions were lifted on Saturday and capacity will increase to 100 percent for all businesses, and according to Baker, the collection limits will be lifted.
The state’s order to cover faces was also lifted on Saturday, allowing fully vaccinated individuals to take off their masks in most situations.
Face coverings are commonplace in public and private transportation systems, healthcare facilities, and other facilities where vulnerable populations live, such as: B. in community care facilities, still mandatory.
Some people say that they will stay cautious and will still wear their face indoors regardless of the surroundings.
“[We’re] Since I started working as a nurse, I still wear our masks and have seen a lot of things. Better be careful, ”said a Boston resident.
Governor Baker also signed an order on Friday lifting the state of emergency in Massachusetts effective June 15.
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