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A running list of Boston-area public spaces closed because of coronavirus

Officials and residents hope to stem the virus’ spread with closures of certain popular spots; Massachusetts restricts size of gatherings

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Efforts to stem the spread of novel coronavirus have led to the often weeks-long closure of various institutions and spaces otherwise open to the public. This is a running list. Info on additional closures can be sent to tom@curbed.com.


The City of Boston on April 5 asked residents not to go outside unless they have to from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, and to wear face masks when in public.

The Boston area’s largest art museums—the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—announced jointly that they were closing indefinitely as of March 13 on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester is closed indefinitely. “All forums and other public and private events held at the Library will not occur, some events may be rescheduled to a later date if possible,” the museum said in a release. “School visits and other education programs scheduled during the closure will be cancelled.”

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The Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium in Boston, and Boston’s Museum of Science (pictured) acted together in announcing closures through April 3.

Tufts University’s art galleries are closed to the public indefinitely, and all public programs are cancelled through April 31.

Fenway Park is effectively closed due to Major League Baseball’s delay of the March 26 start of the regular season by at least two weeks. The same goes for TD Garden as far as sports because both the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League have suspended their seasons until further notice.

Officials have rescheduled the Boston Marathon for Monday, September 14. It was supposed to take place on April 20. This marks the first time in the 124-year history of the race that it has been postponed. The rescheduled race might end up as a state holiday, according to early media reports.

The Boston Public Library on March 13 cancelled all public programs and meetings until further notice, and all locations are closed.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway has cancelled all volunteer events in the famed linear park for the rest of March and is requiring staff to work remotely.

Everett’s Encore Boston Harbor, the largest casino in eastern Massachusetts, is closing for two weeks. “The gaming areas will close beginning 5:59 a.m. on Sunday, March 15,” the casino said. “All other non-gaming operations will cease beginning midnight on Sunday.”

The Minuteman Library Network, which includes public libraries in Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, and Newton, are closed until at least March 27. The libraries are waiving overdue fines during that time.

Somerville has closed all gyms, health clubs, theaters, entertainment venues, social clubs, and houses of worship through at least April 6. Also, all playgrounds will be closed to the public, and fields and courts will only be open for passive use—no team games.

Boston and Cambridge have also closed their playgrounds until further notice. Parks are open for passive use, and residents are encouraged to maintain 6 feet of space between themselves and others.

Harvard’s science and culture museums are closed until further notice. This includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. Click on their links to get to their virtual exhibits, including some video.