December 22, 2020

Gov. Baker Announces Further Restrictions

Effective Saturday Dec. 26th

Most Businesses, Retail, Restaurants Moving to 25% Occupancy Limit


Governor Charlie Baker announced today that effective this Saturday, December 26th, most businesses in the Commonwealth will be further restricted and limited to a 25% occupancy limit.  These limits are in effect until January 10, 2021, unless further extended by the Governor.


  • Retail stores must limit occupancy to the greater of, 25% of the maximum permitted occupancy, or 5 persons per 1000 sq. feet. 
  • Restaurants must limit occupancy to 25% of seating capacity. 
  • The new limits for both retail and restaurants DO NOT include employees in the count.  The limits apply to CUSTOMER counts only. 

Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, with outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people, at all public and private events.  For more information, visit Temporary capacity and gathering limits


Congress Approves $900 Billion in Coronavirus Relief


Over the weekend Congress reached a deal approving a $900 billion coronavirus relief package.  The economic stimulus package includes another round of small-business aid through the Paycheck Protection Program, a $300-per-week unemployment benefit and extension of the previously expanded eligibility requirements, another round of direct stimulus checks—reduced to $600 per individual, extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit, as well as more money for schools, coronavirus testing and vaccine distribution.  RAM anticipates that program specific details and necessary implementation guidance will be forthcoming from the federal government in the coming days, and will provide updates as new developments as become available.