COVID-19 Social Distancing

Analysis and Discussion

View all posts about our response to the epidemic in this thread.

Survey results

Community surveys show people in my district are willing to do their part.

Wearing masks

We should all be wearing masks when we go out in public places.


See also COVID-19 Recession Relief

Please feel free to comment below with questions or suggestions you may have related to social distancing measures.

SUPERSEDED Closure Orders [retained here only for historical reference]

Outside the homePublic Health Advisory: Stay Home
Non-Essential BusinessesClosed — statewide (order extended); see list of essential
SchoolsClosed — statewide
Child careClosed — statewide
Restaurants and barsTake out only — statewide
Gatherings of peopleStatewide order limiting to 10 people; see additional guidance
Nursing homesVisits restricted
Long term care facilitiesVisits restricted
CourtsDeferring non-emergency matters
State HouseBuilding closed but offices open
State OfficesSee list; transactions may be restricted
Public MeetingsPermitted, but may be held virtually
State rinks, playgrounds, fitnessClosed
State open space/ parksOpen
MBTARunning reduced schedule
Local librariesClosed — Watertown, Belmont, Boston
Local government officesMixed — check local resources below
Local playgroundsMixed — check local resources below
Local open space/parksMixed — check local resources below
Personal services — barbers, etc.Closed
Construction Mixed — check locally. See safety guidelines.
Commercial officesOpen only if essential
Industrial facilitiesOpen only if essential
Retail storesMostly closed — open only if essential
Grocery storesOpen with senior hours subject to crowding limit
PharmacyOpen with senior hours
Public waysOpen
As of March 23, 2020