Information on Reopening Massachusetts

COVID-19 Restrictions are Lifted

On Saturday, May 29, 2021 all COVID-19 restrictions in the Commonwealth are lifted. The complete reopening of the Commonwealth is largely due to the successful vaccination rate in Massachusetts and the sharp decline in the number of Coronavirus cases. Full details here.  

The State of Emergency ends on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. 

All industries are permitted to open:

  • With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions are lifted, and capacity is increased to 100% for all industries.
  • The gathering limits are rescinded.
  • All industries are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for cleaning and hygiene protocols.

Face Covering Guidance

In line with updated CDC face covering guidance, the Baker-Polito Administration has rescinded the current face covering order and issued a new face covering advisory effective May 29.

Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue distancing in most settings. The advisory also recommends fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors except for in certain situations.

Remaining Face Covering Requirements

Face coverings are still required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), healthcare facilities and providers, congregate care settings and health and rehabilitative day services.

Face coverings are also still required indoors for staff and students of K-12 schools and early education providers.

Town of Wellesley

Wellesley will be reopening on June 1, 2021. Through ongoing community efforts, the Town currently has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the Commonwealth and one of the highest vaccination rates. 

Effective June 1: 

  • Town Hall and all municipal buildings will reopen to the public. Wellesley does not have a local mask order but is recommending that non-vaccinated individuals continue to wear masks when inside Town buildings. 
  • In-person Building inspections will resume on June 1, however specific situations may require virtual inspections which will be performed at the discretion of the inspection. Updated protocols here.
  • In-person meetings will resume on June 15, pending any decisions by the Governor to continue remote or hybrid meetings through September 1.