COVID-19 Mask Requirements

Learn about COVID-19 mask requirements in Massachusetts.

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Mask advisory and guidance for Massachusetts residents

Effective July 1, 2022, the Department of Public Health advises that individuals should wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease.

Download the latest advisory, updated June 10, 2022: Updated Advisory Regarding Masks and Face Coverings PDF | DOC

Mask requirements in certain locations

Masks continue to be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times in the following locations, subject to the exemptions listed below:

  1. On transportation provided by the Commonwealth’s Human Service Transportation (HST) Brokerage.
  2. Healthcare facilities licensed or operated by the Commonwealth and healthcare practice locations of any provider licensed by a professional board which sits within the Department of Public Health or the Division of Professional Licensure. These settings include nursing homes, rest homes, emergency medical services, hospitals, physician and other medical and dental offices, urgent care settings, community health centers, vaccination sites, and behavioral health clinics. This requirement applies to patients, residents, staff, vendors and visitors.  Effective July 1, 2022, masks are optional for residents in nursing homes and rest homes.
  3. Certain Health Care and Day Services and Programs operated, licensed, certified, regulated, or funded by the Commonwealth including the Executive Office of Health and Human Services or one of its agencies.  These settings include adult day health, day habilitation. 
  4. Home health care workers, including Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and Home Health Aides in community and home-based settings where they are providing patient-facing care; provided, however, the requirement shall only apply to the worker providing care

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How to select and wear a mask

The CDC recommends that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you can wear for as long as you need it.

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