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Guide to MA Reopening: Recreation, Beaches and Parks

Reopening Plan for MA - Boston and BeyondGuide to MA Reopening Recreation, Beaches and Parks

Here's a quick overview of Gov. Baker's four-phase plan to open up Massachusetts Businesses and Recreation, incuding Beaches, Parks, Drive-ins, Campgrounds and more. 

Recreation and Outdoor Activities

Phase 1: Start

On Memorial Day, (May 25), parks, zoos, boating and some sports courts can reopen as part of the state's four-phase reopening plan and "safer at home" advisory as the Commonwealth works to keep the coronavirus at bay.

Beaches will be open, but the state encourages people to maintain at least 6-feet distance from each other, but at least 12-feet from the next group of people hanging out on the beach. Shuttle services to the beaches are not yet open.

Face coverings and masks are still mandatory when in public places where social distancing is not possible, and beaches are no exception. 

Organized ball games are not allowed. The report says that the list of banned activities includes, but is not limited to: volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce.




• Drive-in theaters

• Some athletic fields and courts

• Many outdoor adventure activities

• Most fishing, hunting, and boating

• Outdoor gardens, zoos, reserves and public installations

Phase 2 (DATE TBD) : Cautious

Walking, hiking, biking, running, and things like yoga and tai chi are allowed in parks and on public paths. According to the guidelines, users should move aside and leave room for others to pass, and cyclists and runners should alert other users when approaching and wait for others to step aside before passing.

Athletic fields and athletic courts can reopen, but only for non-contact sports, that don't use shared equipment. Pickup games, organized games or tournaments still won't be allowed.

Can open with guidelines:

• Campgrounds

Playgrounds and spray decks

• Public and community pools

• All athletic fields and courts with guidelines

• Youth sports in limited fashion


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Phase 3 (DATE TBD) : Vigilant

Can open with guidelines:

• Additional activities and services

• Youth sports with games and tournaments (limited crowd sizes)

Phase 4 (DATE TBD) : New Normal

• Full resumption of all outdoor recreation and activities


Phase 1: Start

• Safer at home advisory

• All travelers to MA urged to self-quarantine for 14 days

• Lodging restricted to essential workers only

Phase 2: Cautious

• Business and recreational travel discouraged

• All travelers to MA urged to self-quarantine for 14 days

• Lodging open with restrictions

Phase 3: Vigilant

• To be determined based on trends

Phase 4: New Normal

• Travel resumes, continue to observe social guidance

Health and Human Services

Phase 1: Start

OPENING MAY 18: Hospitals and community health centers

• Upon attestation can provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high risk patients and conditions

OPENING MAY 25: Additional health care providers

• Upon attestation can provide same limited services as above

Phases 2 and 3:

Expand ambulatory in-person routine care:

• Less urgent preventative services, procedures, and care (e.g., routine dental cleanings, certain elective procedures)

• Day programs (e.g., Adult Day Health, Day Habilitation, etc.)

Phase 4: New Normal:

• Full resumption of activity in the "new normal"


Phase 1-3:

OPENING MAY 18: Open with guidelines, outdoor services are encouraged

Phase 4: New Normal

Full resumption of activity in the "new normal"


Phase 1: Start

Gatherings of <10 people

Phases 2-4:

To be determined based on trends

High-Risk Populations

Phases 1-3:

High-risk should work from home if possible, priority consideration for workplace accommodations (these could be adjusted depending on pending epidemiological evidence).

Phase 4: New Normal

Resume public interactions with physical distancing

*Phase timeframes are not set in stone, (approx. 3 -4 weeks each), and will progress according to how things go with the previous phase.