REOPENING WOBURN

Our plan to reopen communities & businesses while maintaining safe processes and guidelines. This page contains resources for business and communities in the process of reopening.

4-Phase Reopening Plan

The goal of the phased reopening plan is to methodically allow businesses, services, and activities to resume, while avoiding a resurgence of COVID-19 that could overwhelm our healthcare system and erase the progress we’ve made so far. View Governor Baker’s full 4-phase plan here. Use the interactive diagram below to read more about the current phase, future phases, and past phases.

Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin, and the Board of Health are asking members of the Woburn community to continue practicing strict physical distancing and other preventative measures to save lives and contain the spread of COVID-19.

PLEASE NOTE: Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks and could last longer before moving to the next phase If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions, and/or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase.

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STATE GUIDELINES
PLEASE CONTINUE TO:
  • Cover Your Face
  • Socially Distance
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Look Out For Symptoms
  • Stay Home if Feeling Sick

OVERVIEW:

Limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions.

WHAT WILL BE OPEN:

Worship:

On May 18 open with guidelines, outdoor services are encouraged.

Businesses (Staggered Start):

MAY 18

  • Essential Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction

May 25

  • Lab Space
  • Office Space
  • Limited Personal Services (hair, pet grooming, car washes)
  • Retail (remote fulfillment, curbside pick-up)

JUNE 1

  • Office Space: Boston
Health:

MAY 18

  • Hospitals & Community Centers – Upon attestation can provide high priority preventative care, pediatric care and treatment for high-risk patients and conditions

May 25

  • Additional Health Care Providers – Upon attestation can provide the same limited services as above.
Recreation & Outdoors:

On May 25 can open with guidelines:

  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Drive-in Theaters
  • Some Athletic Fields & Courts
  • Many Outdoor Adventure Activities
  • Most Fishing, Hunting, and Boating
  • Outdoor Gardens, Zoos, Reserves, and Public Installations

Transit:

All forms of public transit has not changed from the Stay At Home state.

ADDITIONAL CITY OF WOBURN GUIDELINES
Note: Phase I has been completed, please proceed to the next phase.

OVERVIEW:

  • Select industries including essential businesses, manufacturing, and construction may resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits.
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: restaurant-specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 2).
  • If we all work together to take the necessary precautions, and continue to see a reduction in cases of COVID-19, we can proceed to the next phase.
STATE GUIDELINES
PLEASE CONTINUE TO:
  • Cover Your Face
  • Socially Distance
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Look Out For Symptoms
  • Stay Home if Feeling Sick

OVERVIEW:

Additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits.

WHAT WILL BE OPEN:

Worship:

Open with updated guidelines, outdoor services are encouraged.

Businesses (with restrictions):
Health:

Expanded 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.)
Recreation & Outdoors:

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
Transit:
  • BUSSES: Additional service for high demand bus routes as staffing permits.
  • SUBWAY/BLUE: FY20 full schedule
  • SUBWAY/RED: Increased service (shorter time between trains)
  • SUBWAY/ORANGE: Increased service (shorter time between trains)
  • GREEN LINE: Increased service (shorter time between trains)
  • COMMUTER RAIL: Additional trains including off-peak on Fairmount Line
  • FERRIES: Reopen with reduced service.
ADDITIONAL CITY OF WOBURN GUIDELINES

OVERVIEW:

  • Additional industries including retail, restaurants, lodging, nail salons, day spas, and additional personal service may resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits.
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: bar and entertainment specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 3). If we all work together to defeat COVID-19, we can proceed through each phase.
  • If we all work together to take the necessary precautions and continue to see a reduction in cases of COVID-19, we can proceed to the next phase.

RESTAURANTS:

  • Woburn restaurants are invited to apply for temporary outside seating on sidewalks and public ways.
  • A license for temporary outside seating on a patio, lawn, or parking area under restaurant control may also be requested.

Applications


Using Sidewalks & City Public Ways

Application

Temporary License

Using Restaurant Owned Space

Application

STATE GUIDELINES
PLEASE CONTINUE TO:
  • Cover Your Face
  • Socially Distance
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Look Out For Symptoms
  • Stay Home if Feeling Sick

OVERVIEW:

Additional sector guidance for future phases will be issued at a later date

WHAT WILL BE OPEN:

Businesses and Recreation previously opened in Phase I & II

Businesses (with restrictions):
  • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
         Fitness Centers and Health Clubs   

 

          Indoor and Outdoor Events 

          Indoor Recreation

         Museums, Cultural, Historical Facilities, and Guided Tours

         Theaters and Performance Venues 

Libraries:

Libraries were open on a pick-up only basis in Phase II, but have since expanded in Phase III to allow 40% of the buildings maximum permitted occupancy as documented in its occupancy permit on record, all occupancy counts and calculations shall include patrons, staff, and other workers.  Phase III Library Guidelines

Health:

Expanded 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.)
Recreation & Outdoors:

Can open with guidelines:

  • Additional activities and services
  • Youth sports with games and tournaments (limited crowd sizes)
Transit:
  • BUSSES: Resume full 2020 schedule, as staffing permits. Add service to high demand routes.
  • SUBWAY/BLUE: FY20 full schedule
  • SUBWAY/RED: FY20 full schedule
  • SUBWAY/ORANGE: FY20 full schedule
  • GREEN LINE: FY20 full schedule as staffing permits
  • COMMUTER RAIL: Modified FY20 full schedule
  • FERRIES: FY20 full schedule
ADDITIONAL CITY OF WOBURN GUIDELINES
Phase III, Step 1 began July 8th, 2020

View reopening protocols to proceed to Phase III, Step 2 here.

OVERVIEW:

  • Additional industries including, Arts/Entertainment, and all other business activities may resume operations with restrictions and continued capacity limits.
  • Social Clubs will be able to operate under “food service” guidelines set forth by the City Of Woburn Board of Health – City of Woburn Social Club Reopening Guidelines
  • The Commonwealth will partner with industries to draft Sector-Specific Protocols in advance of future phases (example: large gathering specific protocols will be drafted in advance of Phase 3).

OTHER DETAILS:

  • Mayor Galvin and Department Heads will be providing local guidelines as they become available and we move through phase III.
  • City Hall is scheduled to re-open to the public on Monday, August 3, 2020. We strongly encourage residents to use online services or U.S. postal service whenever available, as opposed to visiting City hall in person. No entry into City Hall will be allowed without a face covering. View the City Hall Workplace Safety Plan for more information.
  • The Woburn Public Library is scheduled to re-open to the public on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 40% capacity as authorized by The Governor and in accordance with the Phase III guidelines and protocols issued by the Commonwealth. No entry into the Library will be allowed without a face covering. View the Library Workplace Safety Plan for more information.
  • View Mayor Galvin’s Order Regarding Delaying Phase III, Step 2
STATE GUIDELINES
PLEASE CONTINUE TO:
  • Cover Your Face
  • Socially Distance
  • Wash Your Hands
  • Look Out For Symptoms
  • Stay Home if Feeling Sick

OVERVIEW:

Development of vaccines and/or treatments enable resumption of “new normal”

WHAT WILL BE OPEN:

Worship:

Full resumption of activity in the “new normal”

Businesses:

Full resumption of activity (e.g. large venues & nightclubs)

Health:

Full resumption of activity in the “new normal”

Recreation & Outdoors:

Full resumption of all outdoor recreation and activities

Transit:
  • BUSSES: Resume full 2020 schedule, as staffing permits. Add service to high demand routes.
  • SUBWAY/BLUE: FY20 full schedule
  • SUBWAY/RED: FY20 full schedule
  • SUBWAY/ORANGE: FY20 full schedule
  • GREEN LINE: FY20 full schedule as staffing permits
  • COMMUTER RAIL: Modified FY20 full schedule
  • FERRIES: FY20 full schedule
ADDITIONAL CITY OF WOBURN GUIDELINES
Note: We are not currently in this phase.

OVERVIEW:

  • As we proceed into phase IV all industries resume operations as we resume activity in a “new normal”.
  • Mayor Galvin and Department Heads will be providing local guidelines as they become available and we move into phase IV.

FAQS ABOUT REOPENING

Community Buildings

City Hall is open to the public as of August 3, 2020. We strongly encourage residents to use online services or the U.S. postal service whenever possible, as opposed to visiting City hall in person. No entry into City Hall will be allowed without a face covering. View the City Hall Workplace Safety Plan for more information.

Please view a list here. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that will be authorized open in each phase. The list may be updated from time to time.

For additional information please visit the Reopening Massachusetts website www.mass.gov/reopening.

Recreation

Youth Sports has expanded in Phase 3 step 1 with guidance.

Certain Low Risk & Moderate Risk Sports can begin to play inter-team games and tournaments with strict guidance.

Please visit:  Youth & Adult Sports Guidance

Yes!

Pools will open on Monday, July 13th! Everyone needs to purchase a pool pass and make a reservation at the pool for block times.

For More information visit: www.woburnrec.com 

Yes!

Playgrounds are currently open however we ask that you wear face coverings when you are unable to socially distance.

Parks are open for residents to use on a drop in basis.  Please note that some groups are permitted to use the fields.

Yes!

Summer Programs begin on Monday, July 13th.

Please Visit www.woburnrec.com for our program offerings.

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