Q: What is the Massachusetts Covid-19 Travel Order?
A: Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible.
All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:
If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.
Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day.
Q: What is the limit on the number of people in gathering?
A: Gatherings that bring together more than 6 persons in close physical proximity in confined indoor and not more than 25 persons in outdoor locations. The updated Order does allow for outdoor activities of groups of more than 10 people in an unenclosed, outdoor space such as a park, backyard, athletic field, or parking lot, provided that everyone in attendance is able to maintain at least 6 feet social distancing form others in attendance.
Gatherings that are prohibited include: community, civic, public, leisure, sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions, fundraisers, fairs, festivals, walk-a-thons, road and bike races and other organized athletic or recreational events.
Gatherings for purpose of political expression are permitted.
Q: Should I wear a mask when I go out in public?
A: Yes. Governor Baker has issued an Order effective Wednesday, May 6 requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. Read the full DPH Guidance.
It is critical to emphasize that social distancing measures remain in effect and keeping 6 feet apart from others remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.
Learn more about wearing face coverings and cloth masks in public, including fact sheets in multiple languages.
Q: Is there a list of places where I can get tested for COVID-19 if I think I have symptoms?
A: Yes. If you think you may have symptoms, first call your health care provider. If your clinician thinks you should be tested but they are unable to offer a test at their own health care facility, they will provide a referral and you can be tested at test site near you. An appointment is necessary. View the current list: MA COVID-19 Testing Sites | Doc.
Q: What is open in Massachusetts?
A: Currently, we are in Phase 3 of Massachusetts reopening.
Step 1 of Phase 2, which began Monday, June 8
- Retail, with occupancy limits;
- Restaurants, outdoor table service only;
- Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings;
- Outdoor recreation facilities
- Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions;
- Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours;
Step 2 of Phase 2 which began June 22
- Indoor table service at restaurants
Close-contact personal services, with restrictions, including:
- Hair removal and replacement
- Nail care
- Skin care
- Massage therapy
- Makeup salons and makeup application services
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo, piercing and body art services
- Personal training, with restrictions
Phase 3 begins July 6
- Casino gaming floors
- Indoor recreation and athletic facilities for general use (not limited to youth programs)
- Fitness centers and health clubs including:
- Indoor historic spaces/sites
- Outdoor theaters and performance venues of moderate capacity
- Indoor theaters, concert halls, and other performance venues of moderate capacity
- Sightseeing and other organized tours (bus tours, duck tours, harbor cruises, whale watching)
- Weddings/events/gatherings in parks, reservations, and open spaces with allowances for moderate capacity
- Indoor recreational businesses: batting cages, driving ranges, go karts, bowling alleys, arcades, laser tag, roller skating rinks, trampolines, rock climbing.
The final phase is being called the “New Normal,” which won’t happen until a vaccine or therapy has been developed to effectively treat COVID-19.
For more information on travelling to Massachusetts visit these helpful links.
Last updated 8-28-20