Q: What is the current status of short-term vacation rentals in Massachusetts?
A: All short-term rentals are permitted, and it is highly unlikely that there will be another ban as there was in 2020.
All rental owners are required to follow the Safety Standards and Checklist developed by the State of Massachusetts.
Q. What is considered a short-term rental?
Short-term is any vacation rental that is rented for 31 or fewer days.
Q: I am traveling from out-of-state. What do I need to do to comply with MA requirements?
A: All visitors entering Massachusetts are advised (not required) to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival. But travelers in the following categories are exempt from this quarantine advisory:
- Travelers who have received a negative COVID-19 result on a test administered not more than 72 hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts. Travelers may also test out of the quarantine advisory after arrival in Massachusetts, as long as they quarantine until receiving a negative test result.
· Travelers who are fully vaccinated (i.e., who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms.
For full details and other exemptions, view the Mass.gov COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Q: What if my COVID-19 test has not been received prior to arrival?
A: If you are visiting from outside of the lower-risk states, and your test results are not available yet, then you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result.
Q: What if I'm renting a home that accommodates 14 people, but the travel advisory says only 10 are allowed?
A. The advisory indicates that "Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people." By "gatherings," they mean a group of unrelated people attending a party or meeting. It is fine to stay with more than 10 family and friends in a rental home.
Q: What Phase of Reopening Massachusetts are we currently in?
A: As of Monday, March 22, we are in Step 1 of Phase IV.
View a full list of businesses eligible to operate at this time. The list includes beaches, restaurants, museums, movie theaters, indoor recreation (e.g., bowling, arcades, batting cages, etc.) golf facilities, and wildlife reserves among many others.
Also effective on March 22, gathering limits for event venues and in public settings have been increased to 100 people indoors and 150 people outdoors. Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private back yards will remain at a maximum of 25 people, with indoor house gatherings remaining at 10 people.
Businesses are expected to open at different rates and with some restrictions on hours or capacity, so check the businesses' website or call prior to visiting.
For more info, see Mass.gov Updates.
Q: What’s NOT included in the current phase of reopening Massachusetts?
A: The following will not be allowed to reopen until Step 2 of Phase 4:
- Amusement parks, theme parks, indoor or outdoor water parks
- Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at health clubs, gyms, and other facilities
- Beer gardens / breweries / wineries / distilleries
- Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs
- Street Festivals, Parades and Agricultural Festivals
- Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events
- Ball pits