Which Massachusetts cities and towns are requiring masks?

No mask, no entry for some towns across the state

BOSTON — As concerns over the delta variant continue, more cities and towns are implementing indoor mask mandates, regardless of vaccination status.

Where does your city or town fall?

  • Arlington: Face coverings are required in all municipal buildings.
  • Belmont: The town of Belmont has decided to enact a town mask mandate to cover municipal buildings, as well as any indoor public space, including restaurants, bars, retail shops and gyms.
  • Billerica: Employees of the town will be required to wear masks while moving throughout the building. Employees will be required to wear masks when attending to a resident in Town Hall. The Council on Aging will require masks in their building. In all public buildings, visitors will be required to wear masks for the safety of the public. For those that do not want to wear masks the Town still has in place virtual and social distancing processes to conduct Town business without entering the building.
  • Boston: The city has reinstated its indoor mask mandate, effective Friday, Aug. 27. The City of Boston will require all people over age 2 to wear a mask or face covering while indoors in public spaces, including but not limited to businesses, retail establishments, bars, restaurants, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces, gyms and municipal buildings. Face coverings may be removed when actively eating or drinking. Masks must be worn for all other indoor activities, including ordering at a bar or dancing.
  • Brockton: All employees and visitors in city buildings will now be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing measures.
  • Brookline: The town has reinstated its indoor mask mandate, effective Friday, Aug. 27. Brookline will require all people over age 2 to wear a mask or face covering while indoors in public spaces, including at businesses, restaurants, clubs, places of assembly, municipal buildings and any other location open to the general public. Restaurant customers are required to keep their face coverings on while indoors, unless actively eating or drinking.
  • Cambridge: Cambridge Public Health Department recommends that residents, vaccinated and not, wear a mask when indoors outside the home.
  • Dighton: Face coverings required inside town municipal buildings.
  • Framingham: Masks required in city municipal buildings.
  • Lexington: Indoor mask mandate goes into effect August 18.
  • Lowell: Effective August 16, the city of Lowell will require masks to be worn in all city buildings.
  • Lynn: Anyone visiting or working in municipal buildings must wear a face mask, effective August 12. The policy also extends to school buildings; masks will be required for all Lynn staff and students at the start of the school year.
  • Nantucket: The Nantucket Board of Health is requiring masks to be worn anytime someone is inside a public building, including retail shops, restaurants, bars, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces, places of religious worship and municipal buildings.
  • Plymouth: Masks must be worn in municipally-owned buildings by employees and visitors.
  • Provincetown: Residents and visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces, including all indoor restaurants, theater or performance venues, bars and dance floors, lodgings, fitness centers, retail and personal service shops, offices or other public facilities.
  • Revere: Masks are required in all municipal buildings.
  • Salem: Salem’s Board of Health unanimously passed an indoor mask mandate for all public indoor spaces or businesses - regardless of vaccination status - from August 23 to November 13. The city also voted to require all students and staff to wear masks in the classroom when the new school year begins.
  • Somerville: Masks are required in all city buildings. Indoor masking of staff and students is also required for current summer programs in Somerville schools and is expected to continue for the return of full classes in the fall.
  • Southborough: Indoor mask mandate starts immediately and is in effect until Sept. 30.
  • Swampscott: Masks required in all municipal buildings, including Town Hall, the library, senior center, department of public works, police and fire stations.
  • Tisbury: Indoor mask mandate begins August 19 for anyone over 2-years-old in all indoor public spaces or private spaces open to the public.
  • Wellfleet: Masks are required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, effective Friday, August 13. Social distancing is also recommended for all people who do not reside in the same household.
  • Worcester: City employees and visitors must wear masks inside all municipal buildings. The School Committee unanimously approved the plan requiring all students to be masked for the upcoming year.

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