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Guidance for the Public

The City of Boston and BPHC have extended the public health emergency declaration until further notice. 

Face Mask Guidance

Governor Charlie Baker issued an Order effective April 30, 2021 requiring people to wear masks or face-coverings in indoor public places and outdoors when they are unable to maintain 6 feet from other people.

Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places. Face coverings will also continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking. At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required.

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:


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 guidance for multi-unit residential buildings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among residents. Read the guidance here

 

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 has been rescinded.

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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