Massachusetts has adopted a 4-phased approach to reopening the state—one that will be driven by public health data.  Learn more about reopening Massachusetts.

Capacity and Gathering Limits

Temporary capacity and gathering limits will be in effect from Saturday December 26, 2020 through January 24, 2021, unless extended by the Governor.

  • Most industries are subject ot a 25% capacity limit.  See list of industries.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.

Read a summary of the restrictions here.

Read the emergency order here.

New Restrictions for Capacity, Mask Compliance & Distancing

On Tuesday December 8, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced new statewide restrictions to respond to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  These restrictions, effective December 13th, reduce indoor capacity among other changes.  Learn more.

New Measures to Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases

On Monday November 2, 2020 , the Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of target measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

  • Stay at Home Advisory: Beginning on Friday November 6, 2020, all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am.  Read the advisory

  • Early Closure of Businesses and Activities:  Effective Friday November 6, 2020, certain businesses and activities must close to the public each day between the hours of 9:30 PM and 5:00 AM.  Businesses and activities include: restaurants (in-person dining), liquor stores, marijuana sales, indoor and outdoor events, theaters, movie theaters, performance venues, youth and adult amateur sports activities, golf facilities, recreational boating and boating businesses, outdoor recreational activities, casinos and horse tracks, driving and flight schools, zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers, close contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons), gyms and fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and museums.  Read the executive order to see the full list of businesses.

  • Face Covering Order: Effective Friday November 6, 2020, all persons are required 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. Read the revised order.

  • Order Limiting Size of Gatherings:  Effective Friday November 6, 2020, indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.  The order also requires that organizers of gatherings report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department in that community and requires organizers to cooperate with contact tracing. Violating the order will result in $500 for each person above the limit at a particular gathering. Read the revised order.

COVID-19 Travel Order

Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. All visitors entering MA and returning residents (who do not meet an exemption) are required to:

  • Complete Massachusettes Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.

COVID-19 Resources & Information