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Reopening Cambridge

The City of Cambridge and Commonwealth of Massachusetts are working to safely reopen the economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Information on plans, guidelines, and guidance for different sectors of the economy will be available here and updated often. The City of Cambridge will release further information on City-specific orders that will supplement the State’s recommendations when necessary. Cambridge businesses planning to reopen must adhere to all Massachusetts regulations, in addition to any additional guidance issued by the City. Interested in learning which Cambridge businesses are opening, offer outdoor dining, etc? View Business List

Current Status

As of March 22, 2021, the City of Cambridge remains in Phase III, Step 2 of the Commonwealth's Reopening Plan. Read full text of the City of Cambridge Temporary Emergency Order Delaying Phase IV, Step 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan and Concerning Gatherings in the City of Cambridge Issued on March 22, 2021.

  • Capacity limits across all sectors with capacity limits raised to 50 percent, excluding employees
  • Restaurants no longer have a percent capacity limit, but are required to continue to enforce six-foot distance between tables, limit seating to six people per table, adhere to the maximum 90-minute time limit per table, and require that food be served with alcohol orders
  • Live musical performances at restaurants in Cambridge are prohibited until further notice
  • Gathering limits for event venues and in public settings limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Cambridge's new gathering limits are more restrictive than the Commonwealth.
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 25 people, with indoor house gatherings remaining at 10 people.


Keep in Touch with the Latest City Information

Sector-Specific Plans & Guidelines

  • Detailed information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on which sectors can open and when can be found here.
  • A list of detailed sector-specific protocols and best practices from the Commonwealth can be found here.


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