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COVID-19: Reopening in the City of Boston

Many City services adjusted hours and operations because of the crisis. We'll continue to keep this page updated with the latest information as we begin to reopen.

Timeline for businesses

Timeline for 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 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, for curbside pickup and delivery only (excludes Boston locations, which remain closed)
  • 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:

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.

Map of emergency childcare programs

Emergency programs are available to workers with no safe alternative to group care. Only approved emergency childcare providers are allowed to operate in Massachusetts until at least June 29, 2020.

Emergency childcare map