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Guidance for the Public

The City of Boston and BPHC have extended the public health emergency declaration until further notice. Massachusetts residents over the age of two must now wear a face covering in public. There is now a "Safer at Home Advisory" in effect in Massachusetts. 

Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases

If you are sick and have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the links below provide information to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. Read the guidelines in all currently available languages below:


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Face Mask Guidance
Anyone over the age of 2 years should wear a face mask or face covering in public. Social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) should also be practiced whenever possible, in addition to wearing a mask or face covering. Wearing a face covering may help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. There are many different types of masks and each are designed and may be worn for different purposes.


Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidance
COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on people who are nearby (within 6 feet). It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.

Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces, especially those that are frequently touched (such as doorknobs, handles, tabletops, etc.) can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read the guidelines in all currently available languages below:

Coping with Stress from COVID-19
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Read the guidelines in all currently available languages below:


Guidance for Multi-Resident Buildings
The Boston Public Health Commission has created the following gold standard guidance for multi-resident buildings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among residents. It is very important that buildings where most residents are older adults (senior living, nursing homes, assisted living communities, etc.) follow these protocols because older adults are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Any other apartment building, condominium complex, or other multi-resident setting should follow this guidance as well. Read the guidelines in all currently available languages below:

Senior Housing Advisory

On April 19, 2020 the Boston Public Health Commission issued an advisory requesting owners, managers and residents of senior housing eliminate unnecessary visitation. This Advisory remains in effect until further notice. Click here to read the advisory.

Guidance for Single Room Occupancy Buildings

The Boston Public Health Commission has created the following gold standard guidance for single room occupancy (SRO) buildings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among residents. It is very important that buildings where residents share common living areas (kitchens and bathrooms) follow these protocols because those buildings are at higher risk for the spread of COVID-19. This document is intended for: Rooming / boarding / lodging houses, sober homes, halfway houses, residential treatment facilities and detox programs, group homes, similar group living settings. Read the guidelines in all currently available languages below:

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