Coronavirus: Updates on Cancelations, Closures, and More

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Three Somerville residents have also tested positive for the virus, all seemingly linked to a Biogen conference, according to the City’s website. The three cases involve: a parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a teacher at the school, the parent of an East Somerville Community School parent, and a male Somerville resident.

On March 13, the Public Health Department announced that eight Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a report from the Boston Globe, the majority of the cases in Massachusetts can be linked to a leadership conference hosted on Feb. 26 by Biogen—a biotech company based in Cambridge. 

In Massachusetts, there are currently 328 cases of COVID-19—the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in the state on March 10. A few days later, Gov. Baker banned public gatherings of over 25 people, as well as dining-in restaurants and bars statewide through April. Instead, delivery and takeout is being encouraged.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that there is “rising risk” of COVID-19 infection in the state. As of March 16, there have been no deaths and one recovery in Massachusetts, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and CDC. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending social distancing as a way of limiting the spread of the virus, prompting a series of cancellations, closings, and more. The City of Somerville has adopted a similar policy.

“We need to work together with partners at the state and governor’s office. We are seeking their leadership and their determination and guidance to help us address many issues,” Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said during a press conference on March 12.

We are compiling a list of which businesses are taking extra precautions and what they are doing, as well as closures and cancellations in the city. 

This list will be updated as new information arises. Send tips to Lilly at

We are compiling a similar list for Cambridge.

To read more of our coronavirus coverage, click here.



The dining rooms of all restaurants and bars statewide have been closed until April 6.

All schools, public and private, across Massachusetts have been closed for at least three weeks, through April 7.

All City buildings will be closed to the public and all Somerville Public Schools will be closed for a minimum of two weeks, effective March 16. Services essential to public health and safety, like police and fire responses, trash collection, and the 311 call center, will continue operating as normal. This closure includes the Somerville Public Libraries and Department of Parks and Recreation facilities and activities.

All Somerville Public Schools and offices, including SCALE will be closed from March 12 to March 15 to allow for the Department of Public Works to conduct a deep clean of all buildings. Regular hours will resume on March 16. All activities held in Somerville Public School buildings will be canceled.

Students at Tufts University were asked to vacate the campus by March 16, and classes will be continued online for the remainder of the semester.

The Somerville and Capitol Theatres will be closed until at least April 3.

ONCE Somerville is closed until further notice.


The Somerville Museum will be canceling its Curator Talk scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. However, the Museum will resume regular gallery hours and will be open to visitors Thursdays 2 to 7p.m., Fridays 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m. 

Scout’s Meet The Makers issue release event at Aeronaut Brewing Co. on March 22 has been postponed, with a new date and location TBD.

The annual Somerville Democrats’ Caucus, originally scheduled for March 14, has been canceled. The Somerville Democratic City Committee and all Seven Wards were scheduled to meet to elect delegates to the State Convention. “In light of guidance provided by state officials at this afternoon’s press conference, the Massachusetts Democratic Party is temporarily suspending all caucuses scheduled to take place. In the event that this temporary suspension must continue for an extended period of time, the Party will develop a replacement to the caucus process,” Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford stated in a press release.

Greentown Labs has canceled all events through April 3. The Greentown Labs team will all be working from home, and are strongly encouraging member companies to do the same. Until further notice, they will also no longer be hosting visitors.

The Somerville Winter Farmers Market is canceled for March 14 and March 21. Future dates are still TBD. In the meantime, vendors are creating ways to sell their products directly to customers. Details for supporting small farmers during this time can be found on the market website. Updates will be sent through social media and the market newsletter

Ball Square Fine Wines has suspended its tasting counter, including the events which had been scheduled for March 13, March 14, and March 16.

All public events scheduled in all Arts at the Armory spaces (the main hall, mezzanine, Café and the B5 classroom) are canceled and the Armory Café is closed through March 29.



The dining rooms of all restaurants and bars statewide have been closed until April 6.

All schools, public and private, across Massachusetts have been closed for at least three weeks, through April 7.

Harvard University will be conducting all classes virtually after the conclusion of the college’s spring break, and requiring that all students vacate its campus by March 15. 

The Harvard University Museums, including the art museums, are closing to the public at the end of business hours on March 12 until further notice. 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be transitioning to virtual classes, and is requiring all undergraduates to depart from campus residences by noon March 17. To request an exemption, students must fill out a request form by March 13. Staff will be staying on campus for now. 

The Chandler Gallery will be closed until further notice. The opening reception for Hilary Tait Norod’s show has been canceled.

The Agassiz Baldwin Community administrative office will be closed until further notice. The administrative team is available remotely via email.

Cambridge Public Schools will be closed from the end of the day on March 13 to March 27.

Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) will be closed through March 20. Classes and senior drop-ins are cancelled, there will be no equipment check outs, edit suite or studio reservations, and there will be no on-premise live programs.

The Sinclair is closed until further notice and all shows are canceled.

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education will be closed to the public between March 21 and April 20. Spring Term classes will be postponed and will not start until April 21.

The Handle Bar indoor cycling studio is closed for the foreseeable future.

Joie de Vivre will be closed for the next two weeks.

The Brattle is closed through April 2.


The Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) has cancelled all Tuesday and Thursday CHA Legal, Waitlist, and Transition House walk-in hours. During this time, CHA personnel will only meet with scheduled appointments only. The CHA is making every effort to arrange for all scheduled appointments to be completed over the phone. 

Scout’s Meet The Makers issue release event at Aeronaut Brewing Co. on March 22 has been postponed, with a new date and location TBD. 

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts has postponed the Sustainable Business of the Year Awards, set to take place on March 26, to another date and location tentatively for May or June of 2020 

A full list of event cancelations at The Oberon Theater and the American Reparatory Theater can be found here

The remaining dates of the 2020 season of the Cambridge Winter Market have all been canceled, including this weekend’s market on March 14. 

Both the Harvard Square and Kendall Square locations of CultureHouse are closed until further notice. Any events that are scheduled to occur in either of the community spaces will be canceled or rescheduled.

Life Science Cares is suspending all volunteer shifts through April 11. 

Weekend and adult classes at Maud Morgan Arts have been canceled, but children’s classes will continue for the time being.

All Living Well Network programs, including the Computer Lounge, Yoga, and Tai Chi classes, are canceled until further notice.

The March meeting of the Agassiz Neighborhood Council has been canceled. Stay up to date on future meeting information here

Community Cooks is suspending all regularly scheduled meals from March 16 through April 30.

All non-essential public meetings of the City of Cambridge are canceled through April 30. All City-sponsored community events, athletic events, events permitted for the use of City parks or other City-sponsored public gatherings will be canceled or postponed to a later date. All meetings of the City’s public bodies, boards and commissions that are governed by the state Open Meeting Law and transact official City business or approve permits, licenses or other approvals pursuant to federal, state or local laws that are scheduled to be held or are legally required to be held will continue to meet and be open to the public in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law. 

Other precautions:

Cambridge Naturals has updated its hours to allow more time for deep-cleaning, and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. The staff is practicing social distancing and has been asked to stay three feet away from customers. The self-serve table and bring your own jar policy are currently suspended.

Forage will be offering its whole menu for takeout and delivery for the foreseeable future.

Formaggio Kitchen‘s Kendall Square location is offering discounted delivery to locations within a 2-mile radius of the Hampshire Street store.

About the Author

Lilly Milman
Lilly Milman is the managing editor at Scout Magazines. She started as an intern while attending Emerson College in downtown Boston, where she received a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing.