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Supporting Boston's open businesses

We are providing a way for residents to find open businesses as we begin to reopen the City of Boston. The list on this page will be updated.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has also compiled updates and guidance for businesses and organizations in response to the virus. You can check out those resources online.


Essential businesses

All businesses deemed essential by previous orders remain open. These include:

  • grocery stores, bodegas, and pharmacies
  • laundromats and laundry services
  • gas stations, auto repair, and bike repair shops
  • moving and storage
  • hotels to accommodate essential workers and vulnerable populations
  • hardware stores, pet stores, postal stores (including private delivery companies)
  • banks, and
  • plumbers, electricians, and inspectors for emergency services.
Starting May 18, 2020:
Starting May 26, 2020: 
  • 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.
  • Auto dealers and wholesalers (for curbside pickup and delivery only)
  • Car washes
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Lab spaces
  • Libraries (curbside pickup and delivery only)
  • Pet grooming
  • Retail for curbside pickup and delivery only (such as clothing stores, toy stores, jewelry stores, nurseries and garden centers that don’t sell food products, adult use cannabis stores)
Starting June 1, 2020: 
  • General office spaces: The City of Boston will be providing specific guidelines to its businesses next week.

Dates for businesses categorized under phases 2, 3 and 4 by the Reopening Massachusetts report will be announced by the state in the coming weeks. 

Open Business Listing

Open Franchise Listing

Open Business Registration

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