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Reopening Worcester

Reopening Worcester

Municipal Buildings - Reopening

City Hall and other municipal buildings are open to the public by appointment.

In addition to City Hall, the reopenings include Worcester Public Library; Department of Public Works and Parks offices; and 25 Meade St., which houses Inspectional Services, Worcester Division of Public Health and Fire Prevention.

The Worcester Senior Center remains closed to the public, and is being used as an Emergency Dispensing Site for the vaccination of priority groups established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

City Hall appointment hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. View full deails below:

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Note: Payments, vital record requests and many other services can be completed online if you do not wish to schedule an appointment in-person.

COVID-19 Licensing Updates

State Announces move to Phase 4, Step 1 effective Monday, March 22, 2021.

  • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks are permitted to operate at a 12% capacity limit.
  • Restaurants will no longer have a capacity limit but must continue to space tables 6-feet apart with no more than 6 people to each table and a 90 minute time limit for table dining.
  • The City of Worcester is lifting the restriction on bar-top dining.
  • Indoor theaters and performance venues are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity, up to a maximum of 500 people.

For all current Safety Guidelines, visit the Massachusetts Reopening Website

Outdoor Dining Applications

Restaurant Tables and Chairs Setup and Empty Outdoors

To provide safer dining options for residents and support the restaurant community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Worcester has implemented a Temporary Outdoor Dining Program. The Temporary Outdoor Dining program establishes an expedited permitting process through which restaurants are able to offer expanded outdoor dining options.

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Retail & Restaurant Toolkit

Find helpful tips on how you can promote your business and make the most of your business reopening!

*Download and print out these helpful signs for your business!

*Speacial thanks to the World Smile Foundation and the Family of Harvey Ball for allowing use of the original Harvey Ball Smiley Face.

Parks & Recreation Updates

Golfers on the Green at Green Hill Golf Course

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

  • City parks and open spaces are open.
  • State parks and fields are closed to the public, but City parks are open based on latest CDC giudance.
  • Green Hill Park Farm is closed until further notice.
  • Baseball, softball, multi-purpose fields and tennis courts are available for permitted and non-permitted use. All organized leagues must meet Phase III Step 1 requirements.
  • Basketball and volleyball courts remain closed on the advice of Public Health officials.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • Handball courts at Green Hill Park and Crompton Park are open for play. Tennis and Pickleball courts are also open.
  • The City is also allowing events in parks that meet the Indoor and Outdoor Events to Address COVID-19 Guidelines. Large events, such as street festivals, parades and road races will not be allowed. Events will be restricted to 50 percent of a facility's maximum capacity (or 150 in an outdoor setting).
  • Playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park are open.

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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