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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) timeline

We have a timeline below of recent coronavirus-related developments in the City of Boston.

  • On Tuesday, March 31, Governor Baker extended his emergency order requiring all non-essential businesses to close their physical workplaces until Monday, May 4. The order still limits gatherings to 10 people.
  • 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.
  • On Thursday, March 26, Mayor Walsh and the Boston Transportation Department (BTD) announced updated enforcement regulations and transportation services.
  • On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all public and private schools, and all non-emergency childcare programs, until May 4 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. Read the press release.
  • ​​​​​On Monday, March 23, Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all employers that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public from Tuesday, March 24, at 12 p.m. (noon) until Tuesday, April 7 at noonExempt industries include: healthcare, public safety, groceries and take-out restaurants, utilities and infrastructure, and other essential services. The Order also limits gatherings to 10 people during the state of emergency, a reduction from the 25-person limit established in an earlier order. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is issuing a two-week stay-at-home advisory outlining self-isolation and social distancing protocols. Pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurant take-out and delivery, and parks will remain open for passive activities (no groups or sports).
  • On Friday, March 19, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission suspended all residential water service terminations. The commission is not adding delinquency charges to any late-paid bills during this time.
  • On Thursday, March 18, the City of Boston temporarily closed all playgrounds and tot lots. Parks will remain open for passive use, but we encourage everyone to practice social distancing while enjoying nature. Maintenance in our parks will continue. Read more Parks and Recreation updates.
  • On Tuesday, March 17, Mayor Walsh delivered an address about the coronavirus crisis in Boston. You can read and watch the speech online.
  • On Monday, March 16, 2020, Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) closed all BCYF community center pools, gyms, and fitness centers. By Wednesday, all BCYF programming will be suspended. Only select centers will be open for youth meal distribution throughout the Boston Public Schools closure. All Boston Public Library locations, including the central branch, will also close at 6 p.m. on Monday. Effective Tuesday, March 17, the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston. The MBTA also announced that reduced service would begin Tuesday, March 17. Visit the MBTA's website for more details. Read the press release for more information on the recent closures.
  • On Sunday, March 15, 2020Governor Baker issued an emergency order limiting gatherings to 25 people and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants, beginning on March 17 and effective through April 5. The Governor's order will be in effect in Boston beginning March 17. Read the City of Boston Licensing Board advisory.
  • On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is declaring a public health emergency in the City of Boston due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Also on Sunday, effective immediately and until further notice, restaurants, bar rooms, and nightclubs are required to reduce capacity by 50 percent, remove tables and chairs to reflect that reduced capacity, follow the guidelines around social distancing, and not allow lines outside. Hours will be reduced to close at 11 p.m. Any establishment that is found in violation of these regulations will be shut down for 30 days. This applies to anyone with a CV license. Additionally, beer gardens will not be opening until this public health crisis is over. Read the press release.
  • On Saturday, March 14, 2020, Mayor Walsh, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and its entity the Massachusetts Apartment Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations announced a partnership to impose a moratorium on evictions while Massachusetts is under a state of emergency. Read the press release.
  • On Friday, March 13, 2020, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced the district-wide closure of all Boston Public Schools for students, effective on Tuesday, March 17. Read the press release.
  • On Friday, March 13, 2020, the City of Boston, along with the Boston Athletic Association, announced the 2020 Boston Marathon will be postponed until Monday, September 14, 2020.
  • On March 11, 2020, Boston health officials announced the closure of Eliot K-8 School due to coronavirus concerns.
  • On March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency to support the Commonwealth's response to coronavirus
  • Out of an abundance of caution, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston on Sunday, March 15, 2020, was canceled. You can read the Mayor's statement online.
  • On Sunday, March 8, 2020, BPHC announced five new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Boston residents. These cases include one woman in her 30s, one woman in her 60s, one man in his 40s, one man in his 50s and one man in his 60s. They did not require hospitalization and are self-isolating at home. All five cases had a direct connection to the Biogen employee conference at the end of February.
  • On Friday, March, 6, 2020, BPHC and the Massachusetts Department of Public health announced three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Boston residents. Two females and a male, all in their 40s, did not require hospitalization and are recovering and self-isolating at home.
  • On February 1, 2020, the City of Boston announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19, a male in his 20s returning from Wuhan, China. He did not require hospitalization and is recovering and self-isolating at home.