Face Covering Guidance

On Monday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions and rescind the state’s face covering order effective May 29. The Department of Public Health will issue a new face-covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.


Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue distancing in most settings.


The advisory will also recommend fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face covering or social distance indoors or outdoors except for in certain situations.

Face coverings will still be mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

Face coverings will also remain required indoors for staff and students of K-12 schools and early education providers.