Covid-19 FAQ’s

Q: Do I have to quarantine when visiting Massachusetts?

A: To date, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Beginning July 1, 2020, travelers arriving in Massachusetts from all New England states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine), as well as New York and New Jersey are exempt from this directive and do not need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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 2.2 of Massachusetts reopening.

Step 1 of Phase 2, which began Monday, June 8

  • Retail, with occupancy limits;
  • Childcare facilities and day camps, with detailed guidance;
  • Restaurants, outdoor table service only;
  • Hotels and other lodgings, no events, functions or meetings;
  • Warehouses and distribution centers;
  • Personal services without close physical contact, such as home cleaning, photography, window washing, career coaching and education tutoring;
  • Post-secondary, higher education, vocational-tech and occupation schools for the purpose of completing graduation requirements;
  • Youth and adult amateur sports, with detailed guidance;
  • Outdoor recreation facilities
  • Professional sports practices, no games or public admissions;
  • Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts, education or life skills and in groups of less than 10;
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Outdoor historical spaces, no functions, gatherings or guided tours;
  • Funeral homes, with occupancy limits

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

  • Post-Secondary/Higher Ed/Vocational-Tech/Trade/Occupational Schools — general operations
  • Casino gaming floors
  • Horse racing simulcast facilities (no spectators)
  • Indoor recreation and athletic facilities for general use (not limited to youth programs)
  • Fitness centers and health clubs including:
    • cardio/weight rooms/lockers rooms/inside facilities
    • fitness studios (yoga, barre, cross fit, spin classes, general fitness studios)
    • indoor common areas
    • indoor swimming pools
    • indoor racquet courts and gymnasiums
    • locker rooms/shower rooms
    • excluding saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms
  • Museums
  • Indoor historic spaces/sites
  • Aquariums
  • 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)
  • Fishing and hunting tournaments and other amateur or professional derbies
  • Weddings/events/gatherings in parks, reservations, and open spaces with allowances for moderate capacity
  • Overnight camps
  • Indoor non-athletic instructional classes in arts/education/life skills for persons 18 years or older
  • Indoor recreational businesses: batting cages, driving ranges, go karts, bowling alleys, arcades, laser tag, roller skating rinks, trampolines, rock climbing.

Phase 4

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.

Travel Information Related to Covid-19

Regulations and Guidance Regarding Covid-19


Last updated 6-30-20