Tuesday, April 27, 2021
- Mayor Janey today announced that the City of Boston will move into a modified
version of the state’s current phase of the Reopening Massachusetts
plan, effective Friday,
April 30. The City of Boston will delay most of the state’s reopening guidance
announced today by three weeks, in an effort to accommodate the unique
preparations needed by the City. In late March, the City announced that it
would not move forward with additional reopening steps until the citywide
positivity rate remained at or below 2.75 percent for two consecutive weeks. It
is currently at 3.6 percent. However, given improved trends in the positivity
rate and other COVID-19 public health metrics, the City will move cautiously to
advance reopening efforts. The latest modified update will support Boston’s
economic recovery as COVID-19 health metrics continue to improve. All reopening
guidance will be subject to current COVID-19 public health data.
As of April 20, 2021,
33.1 percent of Bostonians are fully vaccinated; 55.1 percent have received at
least one dose. The citywide community positivity rate continues to decrease,
dropping to 3.6 percent, with three neighborhoods slightly above the 5.0
percent threshold (East Boston, Dorchester and Roslindale). New positive tests
in the City of Boston decreased by 34 percent over the past week, averaging 144
new positive tests per day. The percentage of available adult ICU beds remains
stable, and the percentage of non-surge ICU beds continues to be below the
City’s threshold. Boston has had two reported deaths in the past week.
“In every aspect of
Boston's reopening, we will take the right measures, at the right time, to
protect our people and businesses,” said Mayor Janey. “As we look ahead to
better days, we must remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. Reopening
our economy does not remove our personal and collective responsibility to
remain vigilant. Thank you to all Bostonians for your continued efforts and
cooperation as we reopen our city.”
Effective Friday, April
30, the City of Boston will align with Commonwealth’s updated Face Coverings
Order. This states that face coverings will be required at all times at indoor
and outdoor venues and events, except when eating or drinking. Face coverings
are recommended to be worn both inside and outside during small gatherings at
private homes. Face coverings are not required outside in public spaces when
individuals are able to remain at a safe distance from others.
Also effective April 30,
public gatherings in Boston may increase to 100 people indoors and 150 people
outdoors, in alignment with the Commonwealth's previously announced limits. In
Boston, all private gatherings and events in private residences will remain
subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
However, public and private gathering limits will increase to 200 people
indoors and 250 people outdoors on June 19 in Boston, three weeks after the
higher limits go into effect in other parts of the Commonwealth. The City of
Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission will continue to closely monitor
public health data and adjust reopening plans as necessary.
The City of Boston will
align with the Commonwealth’s updated guidance for indoor and outdoor stadiums,
arenas and ballparks, allowing capacity to increase to 25 percent, effective May
The City of Boston plans to allow the following industries to reopen or resume June 1, subject to certain capacity limits and safety measures, three weeks after the Commonwealth will allow for their reopening in other parts of the state:
Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events
Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments for moderate and high-risk sports
Singing indoors at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses, subject to the Commonwealth's Theater and Performance Venue guidance
The City of Boston plans to allow the following industries to reopen or resume starting June 19, subject to certain capacity limits and safety measures, three weeks after the Commonwealth will allow for their reopening in other parts of the state:
Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals, at 50 percent capacity
Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries for seated-service only, subject to a 90-minute table limit, and no dance floors.
Food will no longer be required with alcohol service, and 10 people can be seated at a table.
If public health metrics
support continued safe reopening in Boston, effective August 22, industry
restrictions will be lifted, and 100 percent capacity will be allowed for all
industries. This would be three weeks after the Commonwealth takes this step in
other parts of the state. Remaining Phase Four, Step Two industries and
businesses, including dance clubs and nightclubs; saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms,
and health clubs; and ball pits, would be allowed to reopen on August 22 in
Boston. All businesses will be expected to adhere to ongoing safety guidance,
and mask wearing will continue to be required indoors.
The Mayor’s Office of
Economic Development (OED) will also hold two upcoming webinars about updated
reopening guidance on Friday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 5th at 8:30 a.m. OED also hosts weekly small business calls every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.and Reopen Boston Business Office Hours every
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. These meetings ensure business owners,
customers, and workers have access to all of the guidance and details necessary
to return safely, as Boston reopens. For more information, please visit boston.gov/smallbusiness.
All of this guidance is
subject change based on evolving COVID-19 public health metrics. For more
information about reopening in Boston, visit boston.gov/reopening. For more information about the state’s
reopening plan, visit mass.gov/reopening.