2019 Novel Coronavirus

The City of Malden’s resource page for the COVID-19 Coronavirus is full of information from local, state and federal resources.  To help keep our residents safe, we recommend that you follow these steps to stay informed and safe: 

  • Regularly visit this page as it will change frequently
  • Subscribe to our Public Health Website Alerts to receive text or email alerts when any new or major changes occur in 
  • Register for our Public Alert system to receive important broadcast alerts via text and/or phone.
  • Share these resources with other Malden residents who are not aware of this page, do not have access to the internet or do not speak English as their primary language. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The State of Massachusetts has laid out the details for the rollout of the COVID-19 VaccineThe Baker-Polito Administration and the Department of Public Health developed a vaccine distribution timeline after extensive consultation with the Massachusetts Vaccine Advisory Group, made up of leaders from health care, the faith community, community organizations, local government, and others. The timeline reflects several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden. Vaccine distribution in MA will occur in a phased approach:
  • Phase 1 which includes first responders, healthcare workers, long term care facilities, congregate care settings, home-based and other healthcare workers..  See the Phase 1 plan in full detail. 
  • Phase 2 includes individuals with 2+ comorbidities and/or age 75+, early education workers, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works and public health workers. Also adults 65+ and all individuals with one comorbidity. See the Phase 2 plan in full detail
  • Phase 3 which includes the general public who will be able to find vaccine locations using the CDC's interactive website

Malden COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Initiative

Weekly Vaccine Equity Allocation: The 20 equity communities receive additional COVID-19 vaccine allocations for priority populations that are separate and apart from weekly allocations that come from the state and federal government to other providers (e.g. mass vaccination sites, regional collaboratives, community health centers and pharmacies). This additional weekly equity allocation is between 400 and 1000 doses, based on municipality population.

As a municipality with a population greater than 50,000 but less than 100,000, Malden’s equity allocation is 600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per week.

Malden has been allocated a  total of 4,000 additional equity vaccine doses as of April 16, 2021.


Learn More about the vaccine equity resources available to Malden.

Reopening Status

In accordance to Governor Baker issued phases to re-opening, key public health metrics will determine if and when it is appropriate to proceed through reopening phases. We each have a collective responsibility to ensure that reopening proceeds smoothly and safely. Everyone must follow public health directives and use common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth.
  • Reopening Massachusetts report
  • Submit questions and comments about Reopening Massachusetts

Effective on May 10:

  • Massachusetts reopened some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries:
    • Amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks are permitted to operate at a 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.
    • Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts and other appropriate safety measures after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH. 
  • Additionally, large capacity venues such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks are permitted to increase capacity to 25%.
  • Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments are allowed for moderate and high-risk sports.
  • Singing is also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.
  • Grocery stores and retail stores with a pharmacy department should consider dedicated hours of operation for seniors, but will no longer be required to offer senior hours.  

Youth and Amateur Sports Face Covering Guidance:

  • Effective May 18, the youth and amateur sports guidance will be updated to no longer require face coverings for youth athletes 18 and under while playing outdoor sports.  Effective May 29, all youth and amateur sports restrictions will be lifted.

Effective on May 29, all industries will be permitted to open:

  • With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries.
  • The gathering limit will be rescinded.
  • All industries will be encouraged to follow CDC guidance for cleaning and hygiene protocols.

All remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.

Archived safety standards, protocols and checklists from PREVIOUS PHASES AND STEPS are available here.

The following sector-specific protocols have been archived (and should follow the Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces and/or the protocols for Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed): Construction, Drive In Move Theaters, Golf Facilities, Lab Space, Libraries, and Manufacturing.

Large capacity venues can submit safety plans here.

How to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

  1. Check your eligibility . 
    • To get vaccinated in Phase 1 or 2, you will need to confirm that you are part of a currently eligible group within those phases. This is called “attesting.”
    • You may be asked to attest online or over the phone when booking.
    • If you are not asked when booking, you will be asked to attest when you arrive at your appointment. Vaccination locations will likely have an attestation form available, however, you can fill out the COVID-19 Massachusetts Vaccination Attestation Form and bring it with you to your appointment to be prepared. 
  2. If you are currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine follow the steps below to book an appointment.
    • Find a location and schedule an appointment online
      • Individuals 75 and older without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance. Language interpretation will be available.
      • Malden residents who have questions or would like to schedule an appointment for the vaccine can call the Malden COVID-19 Vaccine information line at (781)661-8500. Language interpretation will be available by request.
  3. Prepare for your appointment.
    • Bring an ID with your name, if you have one, to verify your name in the vaccination system. You can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine without insurance or an ID.
    • Bring your health insurance card, if you have one. Your insurance will be billed at no cost to you. You do not need to be insured to receive the vaccine.
    • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

What to know before going to your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment

  1. The vaccine is free. You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment.
  2. You must make an appointment to get a vaccine.
  3.  The vaccine requires two doses. You should make sure you have a second appointment scheduled from the same site, or know how to schedule it, before leaving your first appointment.
  4. If you need public transportation, use the MBTA trip planner.
  5. Mystic Valley Elder Services is offering free rides to residents age 60+ can contact MVES at (781) 324-7705 to request a ride to your vaccine appointment. (Please make sure you have your appointment already scheduled)
  6. You must confirm you are eligible for your phase.
  7. You can get a vaccine even if you do not have insurance, a driver’s license, or a Social Security number.

Current Rules and Guidelines

List of the current restrictions and guidance from City, State and Federal.

Resources to Help

Resources to help businesses and individuals during COVID-19

Your Health and Wellbeing

List of health resources for you to stay well or get well.