Last Updated 3pm EST, 4/13/2021

Overview

Nearly 3 Million people have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts moved to Phase 4 Step 1 of reopening on March 22.

Capacity limits at restaurants were lifted March 1, though 6 feet of distance must be maintained.

The state set April deadlines for all elementary and middle school students to return to in-person learning.

Social Distancing

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

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

Restaurant seating remains at a maximum of six people per table, masked, with a 90-minute time limit.

A 10 p.m to 5 a.m. Stay At Home Advisory, was lifted on January 25.

Reopening

Capacity limits at restaurants were lifted March 1, though 6 feet of distance must be maintained.

Capacity at most indoor businesses increased to 50% on March 1.

Indoor and outdoor stadiums, ballparks and arenas reopened at 12 percent capacity on March 22.

A rule that required many businesses, including restaurants, to close at 9:30 p.m. ended on January 25. It went into effect in early November.

Events

The 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed until Monday, October 11.

PAX East cancelled its summer 2021 Boston convention.

The 2021 Boston Calling Festival has been cancelled.

The 2021 Boston Pride Parade and Festival have been cancelled.

Healthcare Status

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in the state on Monday, December 14. Nearly 3 Million people have received their first dose. More than 1.8 million are fully vaccinated.

There are seven mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts: Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Reggie Lewis Center, Danvers, Natick, Dartmouth, and Springfield.

The seven day average positive testing rate is back above 2 percent.

Schools

Teachers and school staff are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

The state set April deadlines for schools to return to in-person learning for elementary and middles school students.

74 schools applied for waivers to adjust the back to school deadline; 58 were granted.

The state is offering weekly, pool COVID testing to Massachusetts school districts.

Public Transportation

A travel order that required a two week quarantine or negative COVID test when entering Massachusetts was flipped to a travel advisory on March 22.

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.