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COVID-19 Information & Resources

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Reopening Plan

Effective May 29 all industry restrictions have been lifted with 100% capacity allowed.  Gathering limits have expired and sector-specific protocols have been rescinded.  

City of Boston Reopening Plan

Aligning with the state's reopening plan, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted as of May 29.
 

Face Covering Guidance

City of Boston, effective August 27, 2021:  face masks will be required in all indoor public settings in the City of Boston, as part of a Five-Point Plan for the COVID-19 Delta Variant. The public health order, issued by the Boston Public Health Commission, is effective at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 27, in the City of Boston.

Commonwealth of MA, effective July 30, 2021: The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult. Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

Regional Face Covering Guidance

Arlington: Effective Aug. 19, masks are required in indoor spaces that are open to the public; Belmont: Effective Aug. 9, face masks are required in any indoor spaces open to the public including restaurants, bars, salons, places of worship, fitness centers and other businesses; Cambridge: Masks required in all city and municipal buildings beginning August 23; Lexington: Effective Aug. 18, masks required for people ages two and older at indoor businesses, houses of worship, and private spaces; Martha’s Vineyard: Masks are required in all indoor spaces open to the public in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury; Nantucket: Masks mandated for customers and staff at retail stores, restaurants, bars, performance venues, places of worship, event spaces and other businesses; Provincetown: Masks are required for indoor public spaces, restaurants, performance venues, bars and dance floors, fitness centers, retail and personal service shops, offices and other public facilities; Salem: Indoor mask mandate throughout city starting August 23 and ending November 13; Somerville: Masks mandatory in all indoor public places effective August 20; Wellfleet: Masks required at indoor businesses, outdoors if social distancing is not possible; Winchester: Starting Aug. 19, indoor public spaces, houses of worship and indoor private spaces open to the public will require masks; Worcester:  Effective August 12, All city employees and visitors must wear masks in all municipal buildings and at all city-organized events occurring indoors.

Out-of-State Travel Advisory

All non-exempt visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow the MA COVID-19 Travel Advisory.  Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e. who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are exempt from the Advisory.

Reopening the Travel Economy

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

 

Message from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reopening messages regarding mask guidance and international travelers from GBCVB President & CEO Martha J. Sheridan 

 

GBCVB Webinar Series: Reopening & Recovery - Navigating the New Normal

Session One: A Discussion with the GBCVB Executive Team (password: GBCVB.5.20.20)

Session Two: A Discussion with DMO Leaders

Session Three: Virtual Meetings: Pros/Cons and Everything in Between

Session Four: A Realistic Look at Travel through the End of 2020

Session Five: Attractions | Venues:  Guidelines for Events Post-COVID 19

Session Six: Life on the Water - How will Boston Harbor and the Charles River Move?

Session Seven: Pivot Don't Panic - Marketing & Communications in this New Era

Session Eight:  Cultural Tourism - The Return of Boston's Museum and Performing Arts Scene

Session Nine: What Employers Need to Know Now | HR Considerations for Employees

Session Ten: Weathering the Storm and what the Future Holds for the Hotel Industry

 

Industry Reopening Guidance

GBCVB: Boston Visitor Industry Reopening Guidelines (pdf) and corresponding web pages

Lodging Operators Safety Standards

Lodging Operators Reopening Checklist

Sector-Specific Reopening Checklists

MRA Reopening Toolkit

Martha J. Sheridan Presentation to Reopening Advisory Board

USTA Travel in the New Normal

Massachusetts High Technology Council Back-to-Work Planning

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

City of Boston Video Conferences - Arts and Culture Community

CDC Prepare Your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19

 

COVID-19 Preparedness & Education

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Commonweath of Massachusetts

City of Boston

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

U.S. Travel Association

Boston Health Commission

 

Massachusetts: Resources & Response to COVID-19

MA COVID-19 Travel Advisory 

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plans for Continued Reopening (February 25, 2021)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 (December 22, 2020)

Mayor Walsh Announces Boston to Temporarily Return to Modified Phase 2, Step 2 of Reopening Plan (December 14, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1 Effective December 13 (December 8, 2020).

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Targeted Measures to Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases (November 2, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Initiatives to Stop Spread of COVID-19 (August 7, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Travel Order Effective August 1 (July 24, 2020)

Reopening Massachusetts: Safety Standards and Checklist: Theaters and Performance Venues (July 6, 2020)

Reopening Massachusetts: Safety Standards and Checklist: Museums and Cultural and Historical Facilities and Guided Tours (July 6, 2020)

Reopening Massachusetts

Reopening Advisory Board Presentation

Boston Resiliency Fund

MLA COVID-19 Updates 

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Third Phase of Four-Phase Approach (July 2, 2020)

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Step Two of Second Phase of Four-Phase Approach (June 19, 2020)

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Second Phase of Four-Phase Approach (June 6, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Phase II of Re-Opening Plan, Releases Guidance for Restaurants and Lodging (May 29, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Four-Phase Approach to Reopening and Publishes Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards (May 11, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18, Announces Reopening Advisory Board (April 28, 2020)

City of Boston to Allow Permitted Restaurants to Sell Groceries (April 24, 2020)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Implementation of CARES Act Unemployment Benefits for Self-Employed, Gig Economy and Other Workers (April 20, 2020)

 

CARES Act Info & Webinar Series

U.S. Travel CARES Act Webinar Slides

Destinations International Webinar Series

Expedia Group Webinar Series

Oxford Economics Analysis & Reports

 

B2B Blog

Hear from industry partners on advice for doing business during challenging times.

 

Permanent Closings 

List of restaurants that have permanently closed.