Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Boston
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What you need to know:
- Effective March 1, 2021, Boston will move with the Commonwealth into Phase 3, Step 2 of the state's reopening plan. However, certain parts of the state's reopening plan will be delayed in Boston until March 22. For more information on impacted industries, check our reopening Boston page.
- We are currently in Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 vaccine distribution timeline. For the latest information on the state's vaccination program, check their vaccination website.
- Boston Public Schools recently released an updated timeline for reopening and phasing additional students to in-person learning, starting in February.
- City Hall is only open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need to visit City Hall for essential services, you must make an appointment.
- We have free breakfast and lunch sites across the City for youth and teens through the Boston Eats program.
- Most Boston Public Library locations are available during limited hours for patrons to pick up items on hold through the BPL to Go program.
- Visit the MBTA's website for the latest public transit service updates.
For more recent City of Boston updates, view our COVID-19 timeline.
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About our response
Since January, the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19. BPHC and Boston EMS are trained to respond to infectious diseases. In the past, we have successfully stood up heightened awareness, monitoring and response approaches for SARS, MERS, and H1N1 flu. We will do the same for COVID-19.
BPHC is engaging in daily communications with the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), City of Boston departments and other community partners to make sure we have the latest information on guidance, best practices and recommendations. BPHC will provide updated information on this website and on our social media channels as it becomes available.
The state of Massachusetts is updating information about COVID-19 cases and residents subject to quarantine in Massachusetts. Visit the MDPH webpage on COVID-19 quarantine and monitoring in the Commonwealth. The CDC is tracking confirmed cases across the United States. For the latest on case counts, visit the CDC's website on COVID-19.