Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Boston
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What you need to know:
- On May 11, Mayor Kim Janey announced the upcoming expansion of in-person City services at Boston City Hall, the Boston Public Library system (BPL), and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). The City of Boston is now in a modified version of the current phase of the state's reopening plan. The City will delay most of the state’s reopening guidance by three weeks.
- Starting Monday, June 7, 2021, Boston City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only for a fourth day each week. In addition to Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, residents will be able to make in-person appointments on Monday as well. Check the latest status of City departments.
- Effective Friday, April 30, Boston is aligned with the state’s updated Face Coverings Order. Check our reopening page for more information.
- People age 16 and older who live, work, or study in Massachusetts can be vaccinated in the state. You can sign up to get vaccinated through the state's website, or visit our website for Boston vaccination sites.
- Boston Public Schools has an updated timeline for reopening and phasing additional students to in-person learning. We have free breakfast and lunch sites across the City for youth and teens through the Boston Eats program.
- The Boston Public Library will reopen for limited in-person services in June. At this time, most Boston Public Library locations are available during limited hours for patrons to pick up items on hold through the BPL to Go program.
- BCYF will increase its youth programming to align with Phase Four, Step One of the Reopening Massachusetts plan. This will allow for the expansion of programs for children and youth, including arts and crafts, fitness classes, and game nights. BCYF will also offer summer day programs at several centers.
- Visit the MBTA's website for the latest public transit service updates.
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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.