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.
Changes to hours and openings
Timeline for businessesTimeline for businesses
- 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.
- Construction will resume in the City of Boston in a phased manner (work on schools, hospitals, some residential work, and open-air construction until May 25)
- Places of worship
- 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)
- In-home installations (for example, carpet installation, home theaters, and security systems)
- Auto dealers and wholesalers (browsing inside the showroom with restrictions)
- Libraries (browsing inside with restrictions)
- Driving schools (behind-the-wheel training or observation of another student driver)
- Hotels and accommodations, including short-term / private vacation rentals by owner (reopen to serve other guests with restrictions)
- Other personal services (for example, nail salons, day spas, massage therapy, tattoo parlors, and electrolysis studios)
- Restaurants (outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase 2. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase 2, subject to public health data)
- Personal trainers (with restrictions)
- Some outdoor performance venues
- Other outdoor recreation (for example, miniature golf, go karts, batting cages)
- Outdoor performances
- Recreational day camps
- Youth sports
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.