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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.

Latest updates

On November 2, the state announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

View the state update

Targeted measures include:

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). As of June 22, patrons will be able to pick up physical items at the Boston Public Library with the new “BPL to Go” program.
  • 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:

Update: On November 2, the state announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations:

Phase 3, Step 1 will begin on Monday, July 6, except for Boston, where it will begin on Monday, July 13. The updated gathering advisory goes into effect on July 6 as well, except for in Boston, where it will take effect on July 13. 

The following businesses will be eligible to reopen in Step One of Phase III, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations:

Revised Gatherings Order:

Each operator of an indoor event must monitor attendee entries and exits and limit occupancy at all times to eight persons per 1,000 square feet of accessible, indoor floor space and no more than 25 persons.

Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy (as documented in its occupancy permit on record with the municipal building department or other municipal record holder), and no more than 50 persons.

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