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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BOSTON


Visit the City of Boston's Reopening Page

The City of Boston will move into a modified Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s reopening plan on Monday, March 22, 2021. We will not advance beyond the current reopening steps until the citywide testing positivity rate stays below 2.75 percent — as calculated by the Boston Public Health Commission — for two consecutive weeks. For more information, check our reopening Boston pageThe state has updated guidance on the Reopening Massachusetts website.


If you are concerned that a business located in Boston is not following Massachusetts’ mandatory COVID re-opening protocols, please call or email the Mayor’s Health Line
617-534-5050 / mayorshealthline@bphc.org. All caller information will be kept confidential. If you have a concern regarding a Massachusetts workplace outside the City of Boston, you may contact the board of health for that municipality. For any violation within the Commonwealth, you may also contact the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) through their hotline: (508)-616-0461 ext. 9488, or by sending an email to safepublicworkplacemailbox@mass.gov

We are currently in Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline. For the latest information on the state's vaccination program, check their vaccination website.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE STATUS OF CITY OF BOSTON DEPARTMENTS

Boston Public Schools: Boston Public Schools recently released an updated timeline for reopening and phasing additional students to in-person learning, starting in February.


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

Outdoor dining for approved restaurants in Boston will now begin on March 22 due to the weather forecast. This is an earlier start than the previously-announced date of April 1. 

Food Resources: The City of Boston is providing a way for residents to find open food locations and delivery options during the pandemic. There is an interactive map with food resources for youth and adults, along with soup kitchens and food pantries. 

Most Boston Public Library locations are available during limited hours for patrons to pick up items on hold through the BPL to Go program.

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


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