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  2. Health Alerts
  3. Flu Clinics
  4. Healthy Brookline
  5. Reopening Guides


Learn more about the Town of Brookline's Halloween Guidance here.

MDPH Halloween Guidance During COVID


Read the full article here, regarding the contact tracing protocols that the University has implemented. The article explains how contact tracing works, what it means for classroom time, and what happens when an individual is identified as a close contact.


The Brookline Park Rangers proactively and respectfully approach individuals and groups blatantly ignoring the mask order – typically larger gatherings, individuals in crowded playgrounds, or folks playing interactive sports/activities on the fields.  We focus on awareness and education rather than ticketing or involving police or other enforcement officials.  The Brookline Parks and Open Space Division is aware of these issues and is doing everything in their power to identify problem areas and reach out to groups and individuals.  The park rangers patrol all 40+ parks by vehicle and foot to speak with park patrons, emphasize the public safety guidelines and encourage safe usage of the parks.

The  Town of Brookline now requires individuals to wear either a mask or a face shield  

“Beginning on Sept. 10, those who are medically excluded from wearing a face mask or covering will be required to wear a plastic face shield in lieu of a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth. “

Face shields are available on Amazon; google “Safety Face Shields.”  Locally, contact “” for information about obtaining a face shield.  


"The Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities from July 10 to August 14 to help stop the spread of COVID-19"

Stop the Spread: Baker-Polito Administration Launches Targeted, Free COVID-19 Testing Sites.   ""While these sites are being launched in certain communities, the sites are open to all residents of the Commonwealth. MA residents may visit to find testing locations & schedule an appointment."

Massachusetts Testing Locator


You should submit this form if you would like to report possible concerns about non-compliance with the Commonwealth’s travel advisory quarantine, face covering, gathering, or other public health rules. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.

COVID Safe Practices Concern Form


Population Health


I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.

Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. (WHO, 1998) Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).

 Public Health 

  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
  • Responds to disasters
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services

 “Population health is public health”

  • A medical model saves lives one person at a time
  • Public Health saves lives millions at a time.

Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.

Additional Information

Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.