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  4. COVID-19 Vaccine Info
  5. Reopening Guides


Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 26, 2020, Massachusetts will implement temporary capacity limits to stop the spread of COVID-19 as cases and hospitalizations rise. Businesses must adhere to the following capacity limitations. The revised limits below supersede existing limits in the Phase 3, Step 1 Sector-Specific Protocols. Except for the specified adjustments to capacity limitations, all other terms of COVID-19 gatherings order (including exceptions) and all sector-specific workplace safety rules remain unchanged. These limits are in effect until January 24, 2021 unless further extended by the Governor. These revised capacity limits do not apply to manufacturers, laboratories, drive-in movie theaters, or construction. (



(Private Schools include all non-public schools, Parochial and all Religious schools, and Colleges and Universities)

The Brookline Department of Public Health has been pleased with the level of compliance and cooperation from all Schools and Institutions during this COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. In order to better address Health and Safety concerns the Commissioner of Public Health issues the following notice:

Effective December 18, 2020 all Private Schools deemed essential under the State Order dated March 31. 2020 must follow the following requirements:

 All Private Schools must comply with the guidelines established and revised by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) COVID – 19 Guidance Documents, with exception to the stricter standards established by the Brookline Commissioner of Health as follows:

 All schools that provide sports activities and events must comply with the established standards of the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) COVID-19 Guidance Documents and receive approval through Brookline Department of Public Health.

 A minimum of 6 feet distance is required for students and staff during classroom, transportation and group education and attendees of sports gatherings.

 Compliance Operational COVID- plans must be sent to the Commissioner of Health for review and approval.

Local Regulation Adoption and Enforcement will be under the Authority of the Governor’s Emergency Orders # 33,37, 38, 43, 44 and MGL 111 c 122, 123, MGL c 40 s 21D,

Commissioner's Order: Private School Notice (PDF)


Mandatory Face Covering Sign for Buildings (PDF)

Mandatory Face Covering Sign for Building - Elevator (PDF)


Read the full article here, regarding the contact tracing protocols that the University has implemented. The article explains how contact tracing works, what it means for classroom time, and what happens when an individual is identified as a close contact.


Stop the Spread: Baker-Polito Administration Launches Targeted, Free COVID-19 Testing Sites.   ""While these sites are being launched in certain communities, the sites are open to all residents of the Commonwealth. MA residents may visit to find testing locations & schedule an appointment."

The Stop the Spread program is intended to provide low barrier, free, and easy to access testing to all Massachusetts residents.

  • Open to all Massachusetts residents
  • Testing is not restricted to residents of the cities where sites are located
  • You don’t need to have any symptom(s)
  • No cost to you
  • Out-of-state residents are not eligible for free testing under the Stop the Spread program

Massachusetts Testing Locator



You should submit this form if you would like to report possible concerns about non-compliance with the Commonwealth’s travel advisory quarantine, face covering, gathering, or other public health rules. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

COVID Safe Practices Concern Form


Population Health


I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.

Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO, 1998) Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).

 Public Health 

  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
  • Responds to disasters
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services

 “Population health is public health”

  • A medical model saves lives one person at a time
  • Public Health saves lives millions at a time.

Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.

Additional Information

Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.