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The state has updated guidance on the Reopening Massachusetts website. The City of Boston also continues to update City-specific guidance on the reopening website. 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. 

Sign up for City of Boston COVID-19 text alerts available in 11 langaugages. Residents can text the following keywords to 888-777 to opt-in to alerts in the languages below: 

  • Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 for English
  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish
  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Creole
  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French
  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole
  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese
  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali
  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese
  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for for Arabic
  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for for Vietnamese 
  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for for Russian


Restaurants and bars: Outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase II. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase II, subject to public health data. Even when indoor seating is permitted, use of outdoor space will be encouraged for all restaurants. Social distancing guidance includes spacing tables six feet apart with a maximum party size of six people. The use of bars, except for spaced table seating, will not be permitted. Restaurants will be expected to follow cleaning and disinfecting guidelines, in accordance with CDC guidance. This includes closing an establishment temporarily if there is a case of COVID-19 in an establishment. For full restaurant guidance and workplace safety standards from the Baker Administration click here. 

Lodging: Hotels, motels and other lodging businesses will be allowed to expand their operations in Phase II. Lodging safety standards apply to all forms of lodging including hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, short term residential rentals including Airbnb and VRBO. Event spaces, like ballrooms and meeting rooms, will remain closed. On-site restaurants, pools, gyms, spas, golf courses and other amenities at lodging sites may operate only as these categories are authorized to operate in accordance with the phased re-opening plan. For full lodging guidance from the Baker Administration, click here.

Small businesses: Click here for more on the new resources and programs available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Food Resources: The City of Boston is providing a way for residents to find open food locations and delivery options during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. There is an interactive map with food resources for youth and adults, along with soup kitchens and food pantries. There is also a list of restaurants open for takeout and senior hours for grocery store workers.

Homeless Services: On Monday, March 30, Mayor Walsh announced that a new partnership will help create subsidized housing for 1,000 Boston Public Schools families at risk of displacement and experiencing homelessness. The City released a comprehensive plan for those experiencing homelessness in Boston during the public health emergency.

Boston Public Schools: Governor Baker announced the closure of K-12 schools in Massachusetts and non-emergency childcare programs through the end of the school year. We have free breakfast and lunch sites across the City for youth and teens. Click here for a map of meal sites for youth and teens.

Large events: Parades and festivals will not take place in the City of Boston this summer, up to and including Labor Day on September7, 2020

The 2020 Boston Marathon: The one-day running of the 124th marathon will not be taking place this year. It will be run virtually. For more information, please visit the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) website. 

Donate to the Boston Resiliency Fund to support the residents most effected by COVID-19.


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