Last Updated 1pm EST, 1/11/2021

Overview

Massachusetts rolled back to Phase 3 Step 1 on Sunday, December 13.

Restaurant, retail, and other businesses rolledback to 25% capacity, beginning December 26.

The city of Boston rolled back to a modified Phase 2, Step 2.

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the state on Monday, December 14.

Social Distancing

Wearing a mask in Massachusetts is mandatory in public , regardless of social distancing.

A 10 p.m to 5 a.m. Stay At Home Advisory, is in effect in Massachusetts.

Private indoor gatherings are now limited to 10 people; outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.

Restaurant seating rolled back to a maximum of six people per table, with masks on at all times except when eating or drinking.

Reopening

The state of Massachusetts rolled back to Phase 3 Step 1 on December 13.

The city of Boston rolled back to a modified Phase 2, Step 2.

Since November 6, many businesses, including restaurants, must close at 9:30 p.m. Takeout may continue after 9:30. Theaters, casinos, and other recreation facilities also must close at 9:30.

Capacity at most indoor businesses and venues rolled back to 25 percent beginning December 26.

Events

The 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least the fall of 2021.

The 2021 Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade has been cancelled.

Games are allowed to resume in low to moderate contact sports like baseball, softball, and volleyball. Games can return to moderate impact sports if rules are altered to avoid deliberate contact.

Healthcare Status

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the state on Monday, December 14.

A COVID field hospital in Worcester reopened on December 6. A second field hospital in Lowell opened January 4.

The number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations increased beginning in the fall, and spiked after Thanksgiving.

The seven day average positive testing rate is over seven percent.

Schools

Boston suspended in-person learning in October. Hybrid learning is scheduled to resume in March.

The state’s coronavirus metrics have been updated, aimed at getting more kids back in school.

Gov. Baker wants school districts to use 3 weeks of data when changing between learning plans.

Public Transportation

Commuter Rail service was cut in half beginning December 14, due to staffing issues related to COVID-19.

The MBTA has proposed deep service cuts due to low ridership since the pandemic began.

The MBTA will enforce the state’s mandatory mask order with $300 fines.

Travel order requires two week quarantine when entering Massachusetts from most states, punishable by $500 daily fines.