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March 2022: Boston Ends Indoor COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

01 Mar


Update Applicable to:
All employers of indoor dining, entertainment, recreation, and fitness establishments in the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

What happened?
On February 18, 2022, Mayor Wu announced that the city’s proof of vaccination mandate has been lifted.

What are the details?
Effective immediately, Boston businesses are no longer required to verify the vaccination status of patrons, employees, contractors, and all other individuals before they enter indoor spaces.

The mandate, which took effect January 15, 2022, required proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into indoor dining, entertainment, recreation, and fitness establishments. It was intended to be a long-term strategy, rolled out in phases through May, to combat high rates of COVID-19 cases while preserving indoor gatherings, but fast-moving developments over the past month have altered those plans and relieved businesses of their compliance obligations when it comes to vaccination status.

For more information, please see the links below:

City of Boston Announcement


What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and continue to do their best to ensure the safety and health of their employees.

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