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Reopening Worcester

Reopening Worcester

COVID-19 Licensing Updates

On July 6th, Massachusetts entered Phase 3 step 1 of its phased reopening plan. Phase 3 step 1 establishes specific requirements for indoor dining, expanded outdoor dining, and outdoor live performances.

Licensees are asked to review updated guidelines linked below:

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Outdoor Dining Applications

Restaurant Tables and Chairs Setup and Empty Outdoors

Pursuant to the Governor's June 2, 2020 Order and the City Manager's June 3, 2020 Executive Order, the City of Worcester is accepting applications for the temporary extension of restaurants to provide for outdoor table service. Once reviewed and approved by the Worcester License Commission, restaurants will be able to offer expanded outdoor dining options under Phase II of the Commonwealth's re-opening plan. This expedited application process will significantly decrease the timeframe for extending existing restaurants into outdoor spaces, and additionally offer expanded opportunities for outdoor dining.

To facilitate the expedited application process, the Worcester License Commission is scheduling additional meetings to review and process applications under the City's temporary outdoor dining program.

There is no fee to apply for a temporary outdoor dining extension:

For more information, email OutdoorDining@worcesterma.gov (preferred) or call 508-799-1400 x31440.

Parks & Recreation Updates

Golfers on the Green at Green Hill Golf Course

The Green Hill Golf Course Driving Range & Putting Green are now open, following Phase II reopening protocols. This includes social distancing, sanitation, no sharing of equipment and other restrictions. For reservations, visit www.greenhillgc.com.

The Grill on the Hill Restaurant at the Green Hill Golf Course has also reopened for outdoor dining, following protocols under the Phase II Reopening Plan. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended. Call ahead at 508-854-1704. You may also visit www.grillonthehillworcester.com.

In accordance with the Phase II reopening, the City is adjusting its policies on the use of Parks and Athletic Fields.

  • Parks & Fields Reopening Plan
  • Aquatics Facilities Operations and Guidelines
  • Acquatics Reservation System
  • The beaches, pool and spray parks are open as of July 1. Learn More...
  • Work has begun on reopening playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park, which began opening Saturday, June 20.
  • Dog parks are reopened as of Friday, June 12.
  • The water at Hope Cemetery has been turned on at all spigots, with signs encouraging visitors to sanitize their hands before and after each use.
  • Local leagues and organizations may also apply for permits to use athletic fields for non-contact sports, with no organized games or tournaments allowed, after submitting a plan to address the requirements under Phase II.
  • Basketball, handball and volleyball courts remain closed, as well as playgrounds and public restrooms. Green Hill Farm also remains closed.

Residential Drop Off Center

Residential Drop-Off Center Main Entrance from Street in Autumn

The Residential Drop-Off sites are open to the public for yard waste ONLY.

The Bulk Waste Drop-Off Program will be taking apointments starting Saturday, June 13. The yard waste service is for Worcester residents only. There are no commercial entities and no commercial vehicles allowed. For as long as the crisis lasts, residents will be required to empty their own vehicles. Residents must wear a mask/face covering if getting out of the vehicle. Employees must also wear a mask/face covering. To protect residents and employees, employees will not have direct contact with residents or vehicles. Employees will direct residents where to pull up their vehicles, and where to dump waste.

Residents may drop off yard waste free of charge at the following times:

  • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in November)
  • Sundays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in November) - Millbury Site Only

Reopening Massachusetts

The State of Massachusetts has set up a dedicated page for the Governor's phased reopening plans and guidance information. Stay up-to-date by visiting the Mass.gov site for complete details.

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