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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.

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Latest City of Boston update

The City of Boston is now in a modified version of Phase Two, Step Two of the Reopening Massachusetts plan. Given the high COVID-19 numbers we’re seeing, we are extending this pause for at least another three weeks, until January 27

Targeted measures include:
  • General gathering: Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 persons and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25, unless sector-specific guidance allows for other capacities.
  • Businesses: Please check if your industry will be impacted by changes below.
  • Residents: Everyone must continue to follow public health guidelines on our COVID-19 website to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Read the latest update

Latest state update

Effective Saturday, December 26, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts temporarily reduced capacity and gathering limits across the state. Governor Baker issued a new order extending the restrictions through at least noon on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Industries that were closed as a result of Boston's temporary return to a modified Phase 2, Step 2 will remain closed. Other sectors that are currently open in the City will follow the new state guidance. All businesses in the state must adhere to the following capacity limitations due to the surge in COVID-19 cases:

  • Most industries will be subject to a 25-percent capacity limit
  • Gathering limits have been lowered (Maximum 10 people inside, 25 outside)
Review the state update

Business Guidance

Industry AS OF December 13 (Phase 3 Step 1) Effective December 16 Effective December 26
Aquariums 40% capacity Closed Closed (no change)
Close contact personal care Physical distancing of 6 feet must be observed where possible. No change

25% capacity

(Workers and staff are excluded from capacity count)

Construction Allowed with approved safety plans No change No change
Fitness Centers and Health Clubs 40% capacity

Closed

Personal fitness training by appointment only and one client per indoor space at a time.

Outdoor fitness instruction is permitted for a maximum of 25 persons including staff.

Closed (no change)

Personal fitness training by appointment only and one client per indoor space at a time.

Outdoor fitness instruction is permitted for a maximum of 25 persons including staff.

Hotel and lodging establishments

40% capacity

Ballrooms and event spaces may open following Events guidance

No change to capacity

Ballrooms and event spaces must close

25% capacity in common areas
Houses of worship

40% capacity

No change

25% capacity

(Workers and staff are excluded from capacity count)

Indoor and outdoor gaming arcades associated with gaming devices 40% capacity Closed Closed (no change)
Indoor dining

Bar seating and live entertainment allowed

No bar seating unless approved by the Boston Licensing Board

Background music and TVs may continue.

25% of seating capacity

(Workers and staff are excluded from capacity count)

Indoor event spaces (meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms, social clubs) 25 people Closed Closed (no change)
Indoor historic spaces/sites 40% capacity Closed Closed (no change)
Indoor non-athletic instructional classes in “arts/education/life sciences” for persons 18 years and older 25 people 10 people No change

Indoor recreational and athletic facilities (except for youth 18 and under)

Does not apply to collegiate or professional sports

40% capacity

Closed 

Closed (no change)
Indoor recreational venues with potential for low-contact (batting cases, driving ranges, bowling alleys, rock-climbing) 40% capacity

Closed

Closed (no change)
Motion picture, TV, streaming production 40% capacity No change No change
Movie theaters 40% capacity, up to 50 people Closed Closed (no change)
Museums 40% capacity Closed Closed (no change)
Office space 40% capacity No change 25% capacity
Outdoor event spaces used for gatherings and celebrations, including those in parks, reservations, etc. 50 people 25 people No change
Outdoor theaters and outdoor performance venues 50 people or 25% capacity 25 people No change
Retail 40% capacity No change

25% capacity

(Workers and staff are excluded from capacity count)

Sight-seeing and other organized tours 50% capacity in touring vehicles, or a maximum of 12 for a walking tour Closed Closed (no change)