Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Boston
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On Tuesday, March 31, Governor Baker extended his emergency order requiring all non-essential businesses to close their physical workplaces until Monday, May 4. The order still limits gatherings to 10 people.
On Monday, March 30, Mayor Walsh announced that a new partnership will help create subsidized housing for 1,000 Boston Public Schools families at risk of displacement and experiencing homelessness. The City released a comprehensive plan for those experiencing homelessness in Boston during the public health emergency.
What you need to know
- Governor Baker issued an emergency order extending the closure of all Massachusetts public and private schools until May 4. With Boston Public Schools closed to students, the City will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students. View a map of meal sites for children and youth.
- All City of Boston playgrounds and tot lots have been temporarily closed. Group sports activities on fields and courts are temporarily suspended. Parks will remain open for passive use, but we encourage everyone to practice social distancing.
- All Boston Public Library locations are closed until further notice.
- All Boston Centers for Youth & Families pools, gyms, and fitness centers are closed. By this Wednesday, March 18, all BCYF programming will be suspended. Only select BCYF centers will be open for youth meal distribution during school closures.
- The City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston.
- The MBTA is reducing its services. Visit the MBTA website for more details.
Map of meal sites for children and youth
With Boston Public Schools closed to students starting on Tuesday, March 17, we will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.
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.
We are confident the City of Boston will be ready for a safe and effective response as the situation develops.
State and federal response
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.
More resourcesMore resources
- Boston Public Health Commission Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
- Boston Public Health Commission common questions (pdf)
- Boston Public Health Commission cleaning tips (pdf)
- Boston Public Health Commission fact sheet (pdf)
- Boston Public Health Commission tips on coping with stress (pdf)
- Boston Public Health Commission COVID-19 PPE for frontline staff (pdf)
- Boston Public Health Commission COVID-19 poster
- Interim guidance for City-sponsored meetings and events in Boston (pdf)
- City of Boston Artist Relief Fund
- Inspectional Services tips on preventing the spread of coronavirus in food service establishments
- Mayor Walsh letter to landlords, realtors, and rental brokers
- Temporary parking enforcement changes
- Temporary guidance on City construction
- Boston Parks information
- Economic Development guidance
- Transportation Department updates
- Inspectional Services updates
- Message from Disabilities Commissioner
- Internet connectivity supports
- Licensing Board advisory on bars, restaurants, and nightclubs
- Veterans Services update
- Guide for Boston's immigrants
- Free Bluebikes offered to hospital staff
- Resources for those experiencing homelessness
- Food resources in Boston