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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

On May 6, 2021, the City of Cambridge will advance to Phase IV, Step 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan:

  • Phase 4.1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan allows for:
    • Dance floors at events only (weddings, etc.)
    • Overnight camps
    • Exhibition/convention halls
    • Larger capacity venues (arenas, ballparks, etc.)
  • Gathering Limits Updated:
    • Limits in Cambridge for event venues and in public settings increase to 100 people indoors and 150 outdoors
    • Gatherings in private settings remain at 10 indoors 25 outdoors
  • Other Changes:
    • Live music in restaurants is allowed
      • Restaurants must follow both Restaurant, and Theater/Performance Venues sector specific guidelines.
      • These guidelines do not permit singing indoors and discourage singing outdoors. These guidelines also discourage the playing of brass and wind instruments both indoors and outdoors.
    • Additional requirements for Fitness Center and Health Club Operations are rescinded.
      • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs must continue to comply with all applicable sector-specific safety protocols.


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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Page was last modified on 5/7/2021 12:01 PM
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