COVID Vaccine Information
Effective May 29
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All industries will be permitted to open. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries. The gathering limit will be rescinded.
All industries will be encouraged to follow CDC guidance for cleaning and hygiene protocols.
Face Covering Guidance
In line with updated CDC face covering guidance, the Administration will rescind the current face covering order and issue a new face covering advisory effective May 29.
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 required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), healthcare facilities and providers, congregate care settings and health and rehabilitative day services.
Face coverings will also remain required indoors for staff and students of K-12 schools and early education providers.
The state is not taking a position that COVID vaccines will be required and nor are they planning a state-issued vaccine ‘passport’. That said, businesses can and should speak to their own legal counsel about any wishes to implement their own requirements.
When can I/my COVID-positive employee return to work?
Residents are advised to continue taking many of the same steps they do to help prevent colds and the flu, including:
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes and face.
- Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- Stay home when feeling sick.
- At-risk populations including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease should follow the additional recommendations from the CDC concerning what actions they should take.
Take care of your emotional health and help others do the same. If you need emotional support during these stressful times:
- Call 2-1-1 and choose the “CALL2TALK” option.
- Samaritans is continuing operations 24/7, as always. Call or text their 24/7 helpline any time at 877-870-4673.
- Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741
- Behavioral Health Resources
- The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Text TALKWITHUS to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- Massachusetts Emergency Services Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention (ESP/MCI) - 1-877-382-1609 (read more about this program)
- MassSupport - Free COVID-19 Counseling and Support
- Phone: 1 (888) 215–4920
- Phones answered M-F 9am-6pm
- Additional resources - click here
COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP)
Department of Housing and Community Development
CELHP is a substantial expansion of free legal help for low-income tenants as well as low-income owner-occupants of 2-3 family properties navigating the eviction process. Services can be used before the eviction process begins, as well as once a notice has been received, and can be used in coordination with the mediation services. Income eligibility is capped at 200% of federal poverty level. These services will be available in every region and can be found on https://evictionlegalhelp.org/. Households can also call 2-1-1, and learn more at our website, www.mass.gov/CovidHousingHelp. Resources such as a new video in English and Spanish, social media posts and new flyers in seven languages can be found on https://www.mass.gov/lists/eviction-diversion-initiative-public-information-campaign-materials.
- Town of Plymouth website: www.plymouth-ma.gov
- Town of Plymouth Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Town-of-Plymouth-514847761902021/
- PACTV https://www.pactv.org/
- WATD 95.9 FM https://959watd.com/
- Plymouth Chamber of Commerce https://plymouthchamber.com/
STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH)
The MA DPH website is updated constantly with the latest guidance, including printable fact sheets in multiple languages
- https://mass211.org OR calling 2-1-1 (citizens are able to live chat with a person)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Federal Emergency Management Agency