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Brookline Department of Public Health & Human Services Shares Update on Mask Guidance (click here)

TurkeyFallAutumn & Winter Festivals & Events Guidance

Halloween activities and other autumn/winter festivals and events held outdoors, are and will be allowed in the Town of Brookline.* 

 The State of Massachusetts and the Town of Brookline have lifted all COVID-19-related restrictions on outdoor events. However, Brookline remains vigilant and continues to require masking indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 

 The Brookline Department of Public Health (BDPH) recommends the following to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during indoor and outdoor events within our community:

  • Event staff and attendees should stay home if they feel unwell, have COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, have been issued an Order to Quarantine, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being in a large gathering and in close contact for a prolonged period of time poses the highest risk of COVID-19 spread if you are unvaccinated; thus, the BDPH is recommending face coverings for all unvaccinated attendees.
  • Event organizers must ensure sanitizers are available and conspicuously stationed. 
  • All COVID-19 recommendations must be posted at entry points and in publicity and emails for the events.
  • A temporary food permit may be required from the BDPH for all food to be served and sold. 
  • All food handlers must wear face coverings and gloves.

 *Please be advised that If COVID-19 cases escalate significantly at the level of Public Health concern, all indoor and outdoor events may be subject to cancelation or restriction by the Brookline Department of Public Health. 

Public Health Guidance for Autumn & Winter Events and Festivals

Requesting a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card

Please visit this website to find out how to request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card.

COVID-19 Indoor Mask Signage


The following are signs for use in residential properties.

Face Coverings in Common Areas (PDF)

Face Coverings in Elevators (PDF)


The following is a sign for use in local businesses.

Face Coverings in Businesses (PDF)


Click here to find the nearest test location.


List of resources (pdf)


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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.