Massachusetts Dog Parks Can Re-Open In Phase II

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BOSTON – Under Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s executive order non-commercial dog-walking and dog parks are allowable activities during Phase II.

Phase II officially begins on Monday, June 8 in the Commonwealth.

There are guidelines, including wearing a face covering.

Non-Commercial Dog Walking Guidelines:

  • All dog walkers should practice social distancing, and users should provide appropriate space for others and/or their dogs to pass when necessary.
  • Dog walkers should not share toys, treats, or other materials with dogs that are not within the same household.
  • Dog walkers should supply their own bags associated with dog waste and dispose of it either in a designated receptacle onsite or at another appropriate location.

Dog Park Guidelines:

  • All human users of dog parks should practice social distancing of at least six or more feet.
  • Dog park amenities, including shared water dishes, toys, and other materials, should not be used by dogs or handled by visitors.
  • Visitors of dog parks should supply their own bags associated with dog waste and takedog waste with them if designated trash receptacles are not available for normal use.
  • Property managers, where feasible, if trash is available, should provide no-touch, lidless trashcans.


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