Covid-19 cases, deaths dropping but risk remains high
By JOSH RESNEK
Citing declining numbers of new daily cases and hospitalizations, Governor Charlie Baker has rolled back and loosened restrictions which includes allowing indoor performance venues like theaters and concert halls to run at greater capacities.
Also, capacity limits for restaurants have been marginally relaxed.
The adjusted rules and regulations of operation began Monday.
Indoor performance venues like concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity, with a limit of 500 people
Indoor, higher-contact recreational activities like laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, and obstacle courses are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity
Capacity limits across all sectors have been raised to 50 percent, excluding employees
Restaurants do not have a percent capacity limit and are allowed to host musical performances. Measures including 6 feet of social distancing, 6-people-per-table limits, and 90-minute time limits still remain
Unbelievably enough, public schools in Everett have been closed since last March.
If events and timing remain on track for the virus to abate and for vaccines enough to inoculate the public, it appears that schools will not reopen this year, dooming the public school community to another round of compromised graduations and grade promotions.
Superintendent Priya Tahiliani has been predicting that a hybrid plan for a partial reopening of the public schools while at the same time maintaining online, at-home education, may come to pass at the end of February.
However, the jury is out on whether or not this will happen, and if it will happen end of February.
The desire to reopen public schools across the nation is in full swing with the Biden Administration saying schools must be reopened as soon as practically possible.
Teachers’ unions all over the nation, here in Massachusetts, and in Everett, do not want to reopen the public schools before their safety can be guaranteed.
The vaccination of the teacher force is vitally important to the reopening of the schools as soon as possible.
Income numbers generated by the casino at Encore are expected to rise now that the state has al- lowed casinos and restaurants and a few other indoor commercial operations to extend their hours over the 9:30 p.m. closing. Encore officials announced that the casino will be open 24/7 beginning Wednesday.
The hotel will reopen, housing guests Thursday thru Sunday, according to company officials.
COVID-19 health and safety measures will continue to be in place, including operating under a 25 percent capacity model, temperature scans at all entrances, mandatory face coverings for all employees and guests, and frequent cleaning and dis- infecting of all guest areas.
The 25 percent capacity restriction is a killer, according to industry analysts.
However, without robust numbers of vacationers returning to the Boston tourism scene anytime soon, Encore faces much leaner times than when it first opened in June 2019.
Visitors coming to Boston via air travel remain woefully down.
Logan Airport visitations and departures are at all-time low poverty levels for the airlines and for everyone involved.