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Additional Types of Outdoor Performances, Outdoor Retail Can Resume 4/19

With vaccines being made available to all residents over 16 beginning Monday, April 19, the City of Somerville will expand its reopening guidelines to allow more types of outdoor performances and outdoor retail to resume on that date. The City will also work with gyms on plans to safely reopen changing rooms and showers.

Outdoor performances that may cause moderate aerosol spread, including theater, comedy, and spoken word performances, will be allowed under guidelines previously established for outdoor performances. Activities like singing and playing wind instruments are not currently allowed.

Outdoor retailers must still follow City permitting requirements:

  • Flea markets must apply for a public event permit through CitizenServe.
  • Individual retailers must apply for a permit through CitizenServe.
  • Artists without a storefront have the option to work with an existing business to set up in front of its store and go through the individual retailer process or follow the flea market process to set up shop in a public space.

The City of Somerville continues to monitor COVID case trends, vaccination rates, and other related data on a daily basis. As more people are vaccinated there is hope for further reopening in the near future.


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