COVID19, Update and Resources (As of Nov. 14th 2020)
With the recent uptick in positive cases, it is critical that we continue practicing physical distancing, staying at home whenever possible, wearing face coverings, washing hands, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces regularly. Please text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to sign up for daily updates about our COVID-19 strategy. Click here for multi-lingual support to access these resources.
Access to Testing:
Boston has 30 active testing sites at including health centers and the mobile testing locations. Please visit boston.gov/coronavirus to find the closest testing center near you. Residents will not be charged for testing and residents will not be asked about immigration status.
Revised Stay At Home Advisory:
The revised Stay At Home Advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM. The Advisory allows for activities such as going to work, running critical errands to get groceries and address health needs, and taking a walk.
Click here to read the revised Stay At Home Advisory
Revised Face Covering Order:
All persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition.
Revised Gatherings Order:
Private Spaces: Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.
Public Spaces: Indoor gatherings remain limited to 25 people and outdoor gatherings are 50 order reduces the gathering size limit for gatherings at private residences:
The new order requires that all gatherings (regardless of size or location) must end and disperse by 9:30 PM. In addition, organizers of gatherings must report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department in that community and requires organizers to cooperate with contact tracing. The gatherings order creates a $500 fine for each person above the limit at a particular gathering.
Early Closure of Businesses and Activities:
All in person businesses and activities are required to close 9:30 PM and 5:00 AM. This closure applies to alcohol and retail cannabis sales. Patrons admitted before 9:30PM at restaurants and in-person dining can complete their meal and must be off the premises by 10:00. Takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages until their licensed closing time.
Click here to read the new executive order and full list of businesses required to close at 9:30 PM.
State Guidance on Reopening Schools:
On Friday, November 6 Governor Baker announced updated guidance on reopening schools, including new metrics to designate whether communities are low risk. Please note that Boston remains in the red zone, high risk category at this time.
With these changes, the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has issued updated guidance to prioritize in-person learning statewide and support municipalities. Under this guidance, districts and schools in communities designated gray, green or yellow are expected to have students learning fully in-person when possible.
The City reopened the Rental Relief Funds application for residents unable to pay their rent due to COVID19. For additional support services and eviction assistance, please visit boston.gov/housingstability. The Boston Home Center at City Hall remains open and offer assistance homeowners to avoid foreclosure.
To access the Rental Relief Application, please click here.
Click here to connect with the Boston Home Center for mortgage assistance.
City of Boston Small Business Supports:
The office of Small Business Development has a weekly Conference Calls every Tuesday at 3PM with updates about their efforts to support small businesses. The City's Reopen Boston Fund grants are still available for small businesses to help purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety tools. The Fund has been expanded for restaurants to buy outdoor heaters, storage equipment, and propane. Grant applications are being reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. The application is available in multiple languages.
Click here to register for the weekly Small Business Conference Call
Click here to learn more about the Reopen Boston Fund
Small Business Supports:
The City's Reopen Boston Fund grants are still available for small businesses to help purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety tools. The Fund has been expanded for restaurants to buy outdoor heaters, storage equipment, and propane. Grant applications are being reviewed and approved on a rolling basis. The application is available in multiple languages.
Learn more about the application at boston.gov/reopenfund
The City’s meal sites remain open to provide free breakfast and lunch for youth and teens. Please text "Food" or "Comida" to 877-877 to access a map of meal sites.
Supports for Seniors:
The City has a Good Neighbor program to offer mental health check in and free home delivery services for food and medication. The City also has a home repair program to help seniors with needed improvements around the house.
Please call the Age Strong Commission 617-635-4366 to access these resources
Boston Testing Pledge:
The City launched a Boston Testing Pledge to promote regular testing and encourage employers allow employees to get tested during work hours. The City is reporting a decline in the number of COVID19 tests. They are asking residents to get tested as frequently as possible to ensure the City has an accurate count of the rate of COVID19. As we enter a critical phase of the pandemic, having accurate will help the City prepare resources and prevent a future shutdown.
Click here to learn more about the Boston Testing Pledge.