Somerville to Remain in Modified Phase 2, Step 2 of Reopenings

With high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Somerville will remain in a modified Phase 2, Step 2 of business reopenings until further notice. Somerville rolled back to this earlier phase of reopening on December 17.

Closed as of the end of day December 17

  • Indoor fitness centers and health clubs, including gyms using alternative spaces. One-on-one personal training sessions are allowed. 
  • Indoor non-athletic instructional classes in arts, education & life sciences for persons 18 years and older 
  • Indoor recreational and athletic facilities (except for youth 18 and under), indoor pools may remain open for all ages under pre-registration format structure limited to one person per swim lane
  • Indoor recreational venues with potential for low-contact (for example, ax throwing, rock-climbing, etc.) 

Remaining closed or restricted (as Somerville has had existing additional phase restrictions in place)

  • Outdoor theaters and outdoor performance venues 
  • Indoor theaters, arenas, and performance venues, including concert halls 
  • Museums
  • Movie theaters 
  • Indoor live theaters 
  • Bowling facilities, arcades, and gaming spaces
  • Indoor event spaces (meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms, social clubs)
  • Existing limits to pool usage remain in place


  • Office spaces may remain open at 25 percent capacity. Employers are strongly encouraged to allow employees to work from home as much as possible. 
  • Indoor dining in restaurants may remain in operation with restricted bar seating. Ancillary activities such as pool tables, darts, trivia, etc. remain prohibited. Bar seating remains closed.
  • Existing restrictions, plans and safety plans remain in place for post-secondary, higher ed/ and vocational-tech/trade/occupational schools.
  • Outdoor event spaces may be used for gatherings and celebrations under the Somerville current 10-person capacity limit.
  • Motion picture, television and streaming production may continue to operate.


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