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On Monday, May 18, 2020, the state released its reopening Massachusetts plan, with information on how and when different industries can reopen. 

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the City of Boston shared a return to work framework for public and private businesses, employers and landlords. The framework represents the City of Boston’s operational recommendations for businesses, employers, and commercial landlords for return-to-work strategies for office workplaces. Read more here.

There are strict new measures in place for social and physical distancing for Boston residents, including encouraging everyone to wear a face covering in public. A Public Health Advisory is in place for everyone in Boston, except essential workers, to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day. Residents are advised to stay home, avoid unnecessary travel and avoid gathering in groups of more than 10.  

Visit the City of Boston's Reopening Page

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City Hall will only be open to the public on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone entering City Hall, including employees, must complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms. If you need to visit City Hall for essential services, you must make an appointment.

BPHC: Public access to 1010 Mass. Ave. will be limited to the Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor. Residents must be accompanied when entering the building.

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.

Health Care Providers: Mayor Walsh and the Transportation Department announced ticket amnesty for healthcare workers during the public health emergency. In addition, we have launched a new mapping tool for healthcare workers to find parking spaces in Boston.

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.

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

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.

MBTA: The MBTA now has reduced services. Visit their website for more details.

Boston Public Library: All locations are closed until further notice. BPL is offering services online.

Boston Parks & Recreation: City parks with recreational sports areas are closed. Other Boston Parks remain open at this time for passive recreation, like walking or jogging. However, playgrounds and tot lots are closed. Cultural and recreational programming has been suspended indefinitely. 

Boston Centers for Youth & Families: BCYF has closed all community center pools, gyms and fitness centers. All BCYF programming will be suspended.

Construction: Per Governor Charlie Baker, construction and manufacturing in Massachusetts can resume as of Monday, May 18, 2020. However, the City of Boston is reopening construction in a phased manner. The City will allow work on schools, hospitals, some residential work, and open-air construction until May 25. After May 25, the City will permit any construction type that is allowed by the state, with the required COVID-19 Safety Affidavits and COVID-19 Safety Plans for permitted construction work in place.

Restaurants and bars: Governor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 10 individuals and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, effective through May 4th.

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. 

PPE Supply donations: Click here if you have supplies to donate to first responders and health care workers.

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


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