BOSTON (WGGB/WSHM) -- Gov. Charlie Baker has announced that some communities will soon be able to move into the next step of the reopening process.

Lower-risk communities will be able to move into Step 2 of Phase 3 starting on Monday, October 5.  Those communities are defined as cities and towns that have not been a 'red' community in any of the last three weekly reports from Mass. DPH.

As part of the move to Step 2 of Phase 3, a limited number of sectors will be able to reopen - with some restrictions - in those lower-risk communities only.

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Starting Monday for those communities:

  • Indoor performance venues - Permitted to open with 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 250 people.
  • Outdoor performance venues - Increase to 50 percent with a maximum of 250 people
  • For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step 2 activities like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag will also be permitted to open and capacity will increase to 50 percent
  • Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores.
  • Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50 percent

All other communities will remain in Step 1 of Phase 3.

In addition, Baker has updated the order regarding gatherings:

  • Indoor gathering limit remains at 25 people for all communities
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences and backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities
  • Outdoor gatherings at venues and in public settings will have a limit of:
    • 50 people for Step 1, Phase 3 communities
    • 100 people in lower-risk Step 2, Phase 3 communities

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