Reopening our Town Safely

Open Door Lex ReopensFollowing the release of the Governor's Reopening Massachusetts plan, we have put together this page to keep you informed of our reopening plans for Town buildings and services, as well as information on the reopening of businesses in town. 

This page will be updated as we get new information in the coming weeks and months.

NEW: Town and School playgrounds reopen as of June 26.
NEW: 'Cary Out' curbside library service begins June 30.

Town Facilities and Services
Our Return to Work Task Force has developed a plan for the safe re-entry of Town staff, and the public, into Lexington’s public buildings.

The Task Force’s plan incorporates the input of staff representatives from each of our public buildings, local public health officials, and our Department of Public Facilities. It also incorporates State safety standards and is in accordance with the Governor’s four-phase ‘Reopening Massachusetts’ plan.

The plan outlines the Town’s minimum standards for safety and hygiene, and serves as a guiding document for specific departments to begin their reopening processes. To meet the unique needs of their visitors, individual departments, such as the Library and Recreation Departments, will develop specific plans for reopening their facilities, reflecting the standards of the Town’s overarching plan.

First Phase

While we have already had some staff working in Town buildings as needed, the first phase of our plan allows staff to return to their offices at the State’s 25% capacity requirement, while the buildings remain closed to the public. This approach will allow staff to get used to the new standards in place before allowing the public to re-enter. Staff will continue to work remotely while they are not in the office.

Adhering to the reduced capacity, Town staff have returned to their offices as of June 8. Buildings remain closed to the public during this phase. We encourage you to use online services to conduct business. We also have a bill drop-off box outside of the Town Office Building, which is checked regularly by our Treasurer/Collector's Office.


  • All tennis and pickleball courts are now open to the public, and the online reservation system is now up. Guidelines will be in place for how the public can use these facilities once they open. If you still need to purchase your tennis/pickleball membership for the season, you may do so online.   
  • Unfortunately, the Town Pool and Old Res will not be open this summer. Registration for a new set of summer programs is now available, including day camps, therapeutic recreation, virtual options, and more!
  • A limited number of athletic fields will be opening for permitted use in the coming weeks!  The Recreation and Community Programs Department is working with DPW to prioritize and prepare the most requested fields to ensure fields are ready for use. 
    • Lincoln Park is anticipated to open the week of June 22, with the natural grass fields at the Center Recreation Complex to follow during the week of June 29. 
  • All Town and School playgrounds will be open to the public as of Friday, June 26. These structures will not be sanitized, and guidelines for safe use will be in place.

Visit the Recreation Department's web page for more detailed information, and the guidelines that must be followed.

Cary Library

Staff have returned to the Library to process the backlog of new and returned materials and patron holds.

Cary Library is preparing for curbside pick-up to begin on Tuesday, June 30. Learn more about 'Cary Out' curbside service.

Visit the Library's website for more information.

Future Phases

Subsequent phases will include precautions, such as meetings with Town staff by appointment, curbside service, reduced building hours, and limited access to certain functions of the building. Everyone will be required to wear a face covering (unless otherwise exempted by the Governor’s order), and will need to be logged in, once the public is allowed back in Town buildings.

The determination of moving to future phases will depend on public health metrics trending in a positive direction.

**Plans for opening our facilities will always be in accordance with what the State allows, but in some cases we may need wait longer to safely open them.

Staying Safe

Face coverings must be worn:

  • Whenever you can't keep at least 6' away from others

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces

What Businesses Can be Open?

The State began Phase 2 of its Reopening Plan Monday, June 8, relaxing some restrictions on dining and retail stores. See Reopening Massachusetts for more information.

Restaurants with existing outdoor seating were able to reopen on Monday, June 8. Some that are open now include:

  • Bertuccis
  • Il Casale
  • Clay Oven
  • Great Harvest 

We will shortly be accepting applications for restaurants that want to add outdoor seating. For more information, go to the Economic Development web page.

See the list of businesses in Lexington that are open (please call to check the latest information).

Massachusetts Reopening Information