COVID-19: Reopening in the City of Boston
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The City of Boston has moved into a modified Phase 4, Step 1 of the state’s Reopening Massachusetts plan, effective Monday, March 22, 2021.
The City will not advance beyond the current reopening steps until the citywide testing positivity rate stays below 2.75% — as calculated by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) — for two consecutive weeks.Gatherings and events:
- In Boston, all private gatherings and events will remain subject to current capacity limits of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
- Public gatherings in Boston may increase to 60 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, lower than the state's limits of 100 and 150 people, respectively.
In alignment with the state, the following industries in Boston may reopen or resume on Monday, March 22, subject to certain capacity limits and safety measures:
- Indoor performance venues (such as concert halls, theaters, and other seated indoor performance spaces) can open at 50% capacity, with a 500-person maximum capacity.
- Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (such as laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, and obstacle courses) can open at 50% capacity.
- Approved live entertainment may resume in restaurants, except singing.
- Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks can host spectators at 12% capacity. These venues must submit a COVID Response Plan to the City of Boston’s Licensing Board before beginning to host events.
- Overnight summer camps will be allowed to operate.
- Exhibition and convention halls can reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules.
- Dance floors will be permitted at weddings and approved events only.
The following activities and businesses will not be allowed to reopen until further notice:
- Road races, street festivals, parades, and fairs
- Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor and indoor water parks
- Indoor and outdoor ball pits
- Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
- Beer gardens, breweries, wineries, and distilleries
- Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing without seated food service
|Industry||Effective March 22|
|Aquariums||Open at 50% capacity|
|Close contact personal care||Open at 50% capacity|
|Construction||Allowed with approved safety plans|
|Driving and flight schools||Open at 50% capacity|
|Exhibition and convention halls||
Open at 25% capacity (Indoor events limited to 60 people)
|Fitness Centers and Health Clubs||Open at 50% capacity|
|Golf (indoor areas)||Open at 50% capacity|
|Hotel and lodging establishments||Open at 50% capacity in common areas|
|Houses of worship||Open at 50% capacity|
|Indoor event spaces (meeting rooms, ballrooms, private party rooms, social clubs)||
Indoor events limited to 60 people
Dance floors will be permitted at weddings and other events only.
|Indoor and outdoor gaming arcades associated with gaming devices||Open at 50% capacity|
|Indoor dining at restaurants||
Capacity limit is based on six feet between tables.
Approved live entertainment may resume in restaurants, except singing.
|Indoor historic spaces/sites||Open at 50% capacity|
|Indoor non-athletic instructional classes in “arts/education/life sciences” for persons 18 years and older||25 people|
|Indoor performance venues (such as concert halls, theaters, and other seated indoor performance spaces)||Open at 50% capacity, with a 500-person maximum capacity|
Indoor recreational and athletic facilities (except for youth 18 and under)
Does not apply to collegiate or professional sports
|Open at 50% capacity|
|Indoor recreational venues with potential for low-contact (batting cases, driving ranges, bowling alleys, rock-climbing)||Open at 50% capacity|
|Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact (such as laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, and obstacle courses)||Open at 50% capacity|
|Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, and ballparks||
Can host spectators at 12% capacity
These venues must submit a COVID Response Plan to the City of Boston’s Licensing Board before beginning to host events.
|Libraries||Boston Public Library locations are not open for browsing, but services will remain available through the BPL To Go program.|
|Motion picture, TV, streaming production||50% capacity|
|Movie theaters||Open at 50% capacity|
|Museums||Open at 50% capacity|
|Office space||Open at 50% capacity|
|Outdoor event spaces used for gatherings and celebrations, including those in parks, reservations, etc.||100 people|
|Outdoor theaters and outdoor performance venues||500 people or 50% capacity|
Open at 50% capacity
|Sight-seeing and other organized tours||Open at 50% capacity|
- If you are in any other sector impacted by these restrictions — or you have general questions about the City of Boston’s approach to reopening — please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.