Whether you are visiting just Springfield or making a tour of Western Mass, there are many great reasons to visit. Springfield is packed with activities to suit the interests of visitors of all ages. From the Dr. Seuss Museum to the MGM Springfield, you will find plenty of things to do in Springfield. You can be confident that your visit will result in fun and memories to last.
Of course, at the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, we understand that many people are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their visits. To help you enjoy your visit in these difficult times, we have compiled the following information on current rules as well as some COVID-friendly activities in Springfield. We are here to help you get the most from visiting our city.
COVID Guidelines in Springfield
The rules for COVID are primarily set at the state level by Massachusetts. The following are the main rules you need to know about:
- Masks: In Massachusetts, masks or face coverings are required in all public places, both indoors and outdoors, for all people over the age of two. Social distancing is also recommended. However, you must wear a mask in public, even when you are able to distance yourself.
- Limited Gatherings: If you are gathering indoors, the group must be no more than ten people. If gathering outdoors, the limit is 25 people.
- Restaurants: Restaurants are allowed to serve food both indoors and outdoors. However, tables should not exceed six people, and guests are encouraged to only dine with members of their households. Any restaurant serving alcohol must also provide food service.
Out-of-state visitors may face some additional restrictions. These vary by state and from time-to-time. Check for the latest information.
Top 4 Things To Do in Springfield
Your trip to Springfield will be full of memories. If you are looking for COVID-friendly activities in Springfield, the following are four great choices.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is a must-visit attraction for anyone who enjoys basketball. It features exhibits celebrating the best players to ever take to the court. This includes Celtics favorites such as Bill Russell, Sam Jones, and Larry Bird, as well as other stars such as Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain.
Visitors to the Hall of Fame are spaced out into time slots. Additionally, wearing a mask and socially distancing are required to help protect guests.
The Springfield Museums have a lot to offer the whole family. Perhaps the most famous museum is the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss. This museum is dedicated to the life and work of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, a Springfield native. There are also museums of art, science, and history.
To help with protecting guests, the museums require masks during visits. They also recommend booking advance tickets to help spread out crowds.
If you are looking for a bite to eat, Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill is one of the top restaurants in Springfield. They offer delicious dishes drawn from Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant has been repeatedly voted as the best Middle Eastern restaurant by Valley Advocate Voters.
To help with COVID-19, Nadim’s offers socially distanced dining. Additionally, you can order takeout or delivery if you prefer to eat elsewhere. Plus, you can donate a meal to a frontline medical worker.
MGM Springfield is the area’s new resort casino. The hotel is currently closed, but the casino is open. As far as restaurants, please visit this website to see what is open. South End Market is open, which includes Wicked Noodles, Bill’s Diner, Jack’s Lobster Shack, and Gelato & Expresso.
The Chandler Steakhouse is open Fridays and Saturdays and takes reservations as well.
Masks are required in all public spaces. Additionally, sanitation and distancing practices have been implemented to help protect guests.
Springfield, Massachusetts has something for everyone, and with our COVID-friendly policies, you can feel safe during your visit. Contact the GSCVB to plan your trip.
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