Covid-19

Important Information

Massachusetts

Governor Baker has ordered all Massachusetts residents to wear a mask in public places when it is not possible to maintain proper social distance. The order is in effect as of May 6.
For more information  and guidance on Face Masks click here
A Public Health Advisory for everyone in Boston, except essential workers, to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day has been extended until May 18. The governor also extended the state’s limit on gatherings and the closure of non-essential businesses until May 18.
A stay-at-home advisory remains in effect. Learn more here.
In Massachusetts, there are 73,721 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 351,632 individuals have been tested (updated 5/07/2020).
Questions: Call 2-1-1
Get Alerts: text COVIDMA to 888-777

Nursing Home Resource Line: 617-660-5399

Access all updates for the Sate of Massachusetts at www.mass.gov/covid19

City of Boston

Social and physical distancing remains the primary strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new measures that Mayor Walsh is putting into place strengthen the guidance previously issued around social and physical distancing, which include staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more from others. These new measures will be effective on Monday, April 6, and include:

Encouraging everyone to wear a face-covering over their mouth and nose when in public:

  • In addition to social distancing when going out in public for an essential trip, wearing face covers will help to reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they do not know they are sick. Face coverings should be worn anytime someone is outside the home, including on walks or other passive recreational activities.
    • Face coverings should not be placed on children under 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
  • Face coverings can include cloth, scarf, bandana, etc. that cover a person’s mouth and nose. Homemade face coverings should be made of intact, close-weave cloth and allow comfortable breathing.
  • Face coverings should be frequently washed using a washing machine with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. They can also be hand washed with soap and warm water and left to dry.
  • It is advised that residents use a face covering, as opposed to a medical-grade facemask, in order to preserve protective equipment for health workers and those serving on the front lines in response to COVID-19.

The Boston Public Health Commission is issuing a Public Health Advisory for everyone in Boston except essential workers to stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily:

  • This advisory will address unnecessary trips to businesses, restaurants, and other locations, and is intended to encourage people to stay inside their homes at night.
  • Residents are encouraged to utilize delivery services as much as possible after 9 p.m.
  • As a reminder, residents are encouraged to remain in their homes as much as possible throughout the day and only leave for essential needs, including trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, emergency meal sites, and other essential services. Residents are discouraged from visiting essential businesses only to browse and should be mindful of only visiting essential businesses to pick-up essential items.

For more information about COVID-19 in Boston:

Get Alerts: Text BOSCOVID to phone number 99411 to opt-in
Call the City’s 311 Constituent Service Center available 24/7 for assistance

Food Resources during Covid19: https://www.boston.gov/news/food-resources-during-covid-19

Access all updates from the City of Boston at www.boston.gov/covid19

Boston Seniority Magazine

To those feeling isolated or afraid, especially Boston’s older residents, I want to let you know that you are not alone. Know that we are here for you and with you, as we navigate this complicated time. You are at the front of our mind, and we are doing everything we can to protect you.

We are doing everything we can to limit the risk to Bostonians. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves, our friends and our loved ones.

-Mayor Martin J. Walsh

(See page 7 for a list of ways to keep you and your community healthy and safe).

Other information and resources

Employee Rights

Boston Covid-19 Services

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

For more information and tutorials on creating your own cloth masks click here

Helpful Resources and Staying Positive