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
Reopen Boston Fund
The Reopen Boston Fund will help small businesses put in place the necessary public health guidance requirements needed to reopen in the coming months.
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 (View City guidance for houses 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). 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)
- Retail, with occupancy limits
- Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance
- Restaurants, outdoor table service only
- Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings
- Warehouses and distribution centers
- Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring
- Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements
- Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance
- Outdoor recreation facilities (View City guidance on outdoor fitness)
- Golf facilities, including outdoor driving ranges
- Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions
- Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10
- Driving and flight schools
- Outdoor historical spaces; no functions, gatherings or guided tours
- Funeral homes, with occupancy limits
- Indoor table service at restaurants (The Boston Licensing Board released an indoor dining advisory.)
- Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including:
- Hair removal and replacement
- Nail care
- Skin care
- Massage therapy
- Makeup salons and makeup application services
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo, piercing and body art services
- Personal training, with restrictions
- Retail dressing rooms, by appointment only
- Offices, at 50 percent capacity
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:
- Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues
- Museums, cultural, and historical sites
- Fitness centers and health clubs
- Certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact
- Professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators
Revised Gatherings Order:
Under the updated gatherings order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space.
Outdoor gatherings in enclosed spaces are limited to 25 percent of the facility’s maximum permitted occupancy, with a maximum of 100 people in a single enclosed outdoor space. This includes community events, civic events, sporting events, concerts, conventions and more. This order does not apply to outdoor, unenclosed gatherings if proper social distancing measures are possible.
This revised order does not supersede previously issued sector guidance, and is effective beginning Monday, July 6. It will be effective Monday, July 13 in the City of Boston.
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.