Orders and Advisories
COVID-19 Concern Form
If you would like to report concerns about non-compliance with the Commonwealth's travel order quarantine, mask or face covering order, gathering, or other public health rules or advisories, please complete and submit the following form.
The Commonwealth is currently under a Revised Gatherings Order, effective on August 11, 2020 that limits the size of outdoor gatherings to no more than 50 people. Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
All participants in indoor and outdoor gatherings must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from each other, unless they are members of the same household.
The revised gatherings order applies to community, civic, public, leisure, sporting events and other programs and includes public and private venues, athletic fields, parking lots and other locations.
On August 1, 2020, a new Travel Order for Massachusetts went into effect and requires all visitors and residents returning to Massachusetts to comply with specific restrictions to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Invidivuals MUST:
- Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. NOTE: Effective on August 7, 2020, the state of Rhode Island is no longer considered a low-risk state.
- Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.
On May 18, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health updated its Stay at Home advisory to a Safer at Home advisory that encourages everyone to stay at home unless they are visiting a newly opened business or activity.
Mask and Face Coverings Order
UPDATED on May 5, 2020.
On May 1, 2020, Governor Baker issued an order requiring face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This Executive Order is effective on May 6, 2020. This order applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.
On May 4, 2020, the Wellesley Board of Health and the Board of Selectmen issued a Local Order regarding the wearing of face coverings in public in Wellesley that supplements the Governor’s May 1, 2020 order. The Wellesley order is also effective on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
- Excecutive Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places (Effective May 6, 2020)
- Guidance on Wearing a Mask in Public (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
- Supplemental Face Covering Order for Wellesley (Effective May 6, 2020)
Town of Wellesley
Read the Town of Wellesley orders and advisories in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Social and Physical Distancing Guidance
- Notification to Taxpayers
- New Building Department Inspection Protocols
- New Essential Construction Guidelines and Definitions
- New Guidelines for Landscape Contractors and Businesses
- Board of Health Order to Halt Interior Building Inspections
- NRC and Wellesley Police Department Order for Public Lands
- State Fire Marshall Licensing and Inspection Memo
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Read the emergency orders issued by the Commonwealth in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including:
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts State of Emergency Order (March 10, 2020)
- Essential Services and Revised Gatherings Order(March 23. 2020)
- Extension of Non-Essential Services Order (March 31, 2020)
- Guidance on Essential Services List (updated April 14, 2020)
- Guidance on the Continuation of Ongoing Construction Projects
- Construction Enforcement Procedures (April 2, 2020)
- Guidance for Grocery Stores to Limit Occupancy (April 7, 2020)
Attorney General’s Office
- Guidance on Municipal Authority
- Frontlinema.org - website with resources and support messages for frontline workers