B TOGETHER: BOSTON’S VACCINE REQUIREMENT FOR SELECT INDOOR SPACES

B TOGETHER: BOSTON’S VACCINE REQUIREMENT FOR SELECT INDOOR SPACES

Starting on January 15, 2022, people will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain indoor spaces in Boston:

  • Indoor dining, including bars and nightclubs
  • Indoor fitness
  • Indoor entertainment

For a more detailed list of covered locations, please click here.  

To enter one of the establishments listed above, you will need to show that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.  That verification can be done with:

  • A CDC vaccination card
  • A digital image of your CDC card 
  • An image of any official immunization record
  • A City of Boston app or any other COVID vaccine verification app

Employees working in those spaces will also be required to be vaccinated.

Covered businesses are responsible for checking proof of vaccination and posting a notice about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement – and the City is here to help. Click here to access a printable image of the notice that covered businesses must post at their entrance. 

TIMELINE
Saturday, Jan. 15People age 12+ must show proof of 1 dose of vaccine
Tuesday, Feb 15People age 12+ must show proof of full vaccination
Tuesday, March 1Children age 5-11 must show proof of 1 dose of vaccine
Sunday, May 1Child age 5+ must show proof of full vaccination

Exemptions
The following are exempted from this Order:

  • Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public and non-public schools and programs, child care programs, senior centers, community centers, and churches and other places of worship;
  • Individuals entering indoor establishments for a quick and limited purpose (for example, using the  restroom; placing or picking up an order or service; making a delivery; or performing necessary repairs);
  • A performing artist not regularly employed by the covered entity while they are in a covered premises for purposes of performing;
  • A professional athlete/sports team who enters a covered premises as part of their regular employment for purposes of competing; and
  • An individual accompanying a performing artist or professional athlete/sports  team into a covered premises as part of their regular employment so long as the performing artist or professional athlete/sports team are performing or competing in the covered premises. 

Help for Residents & Businesses

  • The City will be hosting a series of webinars to educate business owners on the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and taking your questions:
  • We will continue to add more engagement events and webinars. For any business questions, please contact the Small Business Development team at smallbiz@boston.gov.
  • All of this information and frequently asked questions can be found at boston.gov/btogether.