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Department of Public Health Advisory
  • Department of Public Health

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Massachusetts.  Social gatherings are contributing to these increases.  Left unchecked, the current COVID-19 case growth poses a risk to our healthcare system.   

It is critically important that everybody follows the steps listed below to protect lives and to preserve the capacity of our acute care hospitals and other healthcare systems.

  • Stay home between the hours of 10pm-5am.
  • Between 5am-10pm, only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as seeking emergency medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up take-out food, or receiving deliveries.  If you do leave home, practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others and wearing a face covering.
  • Don’t have gatherings in your home with anybody outside of your household.
  • Comply with all Governor’s Orders, including orders requiring face coverings, limiting gatherings, and mandating early closure of businesses.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid touching surfaces frequently touched by others when you’re outside your home.
  • Use remote modes of communication like phone or video chat instead of visiting friends or family.


If you or a family/household member does not feel safe at home, please call 1-800-799-7233 for live support.  If you are unable to speak safely, you can log onto to chat online, or text LOVEIS to 22522.

If you or a family/household member have another concern or need regarding this stay-at-home advisory, please call 2-1-1.

You can sign up to get the most up-to-date information sent to your phone by texting COVIDMA to 888-777.

Department of Public Health 

DPH promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity in all people.