On Sunday, December 16th Massachusetts officially rolled back to Phase 3 Part 1 of the state reopening plan forcing indoor recreation businesses like skating rinks, laser tag, and trampoline parks to close their doors, while other businesses must now reduce capacity. Making matters worse, mayors in the cities of Boston, Winthrop, Lynn, Brockton, Arlington, Somerville, and Newton decided to go beyond the state rollback to Phase 2 Part 2, closing gyms, fitness centers, museums, movie theaters, and indoor adult athletic activities.
According to a Harvard University-based website tracking the recovery, Massachusetts experienced a 33.8% decrease in the number of businesses open from January to December. The Boston metropolitan region fared far worse than the rest of the state with more than 42% fewer businesses in operation in that same time period. To compare, areas like New York City experienced a 28.5% decrease, Philadelphia a 28.3% decrease, and Baltimore a 27% decrease in businesses operating.
NFIB’s Massachusetts State Director Christopher Carlozzi said, “It is unfortunate when small businesses that worked hard for months dutifully complying with every state guideline, protocol, regulation, restriction, and mandate must now close or scale back. The statewide rollback will certainly threaten their ability to continue through another period with little to no revenue.”