Announcements Health & Environment

Fall/Winter Hours & Locations for NEW Health COVID Testing Sites

North End/Waterfront (NEW) Health will continue to offer COVID-19 testing in the North End and Charlestown during the fall and winter months. Locations and hours have been updated: North End siteDirectly behind NEW Health at 332 Hanover St.; entrance on North Bennet St.Tuesday and Thursday8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.*walk up only [no drive up testing]. Read More…

Health & Environment

Reader Poll: Would You Take a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Several companies nationwide are working to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus. A few have reached clinical trial stage, including Cambridge-based Moderna, which is now running early-stage trials. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine said that Moderna’s experimental coronavirus vaccine stimulated an immune response in older patients without causing serious side Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

Two Charged in Connection to Holyoke Soldiers’ Home COVID-19 Outbreak; Brigham & Women’s Sees Cluster Among Staff and Patients [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

There were fourteen new COVID-19 cases this week in the Downtown, North End, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay neighborhoods, according to the Boston Public Health Commission’s weekly report through September 24th. Visits to the Emergency Department for COVID-19-like-illness decreased from 2.6% to 2.1%. The City of Boston reported 16,924 total cases with 410 new cases this week Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

Massachusetts’s Positive Test Rate Remains Below 1% [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

There were twenty-eight new COVID-19 cases this week in the Downtown, North End, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay neighborhoods, according to the Boston Public Health Commission’s weekly report through September 17th. Visits to the Emergency Department for COVID-19-like-illness increased from 1.9% to 2.6%. The City of Boston reported 16,514 total cases with 408 new cases this week according Read More…

Business Government

City Council Considers Proposal for Residential Kitchen Permits for Entrepreneurs

At-Large City Councilor Julia Mejia offered a proposal to the City Council during their Wednesday meeting to consider offering residential kitchen permits in the City of Boston. A residential kitchen, also known as cottage food operations, is a kitchen located in a private home. There are two types of residential kitchen permits: retail and wholesale. Read More…

Featured Food & Drink Government

Colder Weather Poses Threat to Restaurants Dependent on Outdoor Dining

During the City Council meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Councilor Kenzie Bok (District 8) offered a proposal targeted at assisting the restaurant industry by promoting pedestrian traffic through various City-sponsored markets. With the threat of colder weather approaching, many restaurants who have come to depend on the City’s outdoor dining program are in danger of seeing Read More…

Health & Environment Transportation

Healthy Streets Phase Two: Bus Priority Corridors; Permanent Bike Lanes

The second phase of the Healthy Streets Program, an initiative to support a safe reopening and equitable recovery from COVID-19, includes new, permanent bus priority lanes and connected bike lanes to provide safe access to jobs and open spaces. Bike Routes In late July, the City created “pop-up” bike lanes on many streets in the Read More…

Business Featured Food & Drink

Temporary Outdoor Dining Extended to December 1

The City of Boston has extended the Temporary Outdoor Dining Program on public sidewalks and parking lanes until December 1, 2020. Mayor Walsh has announced the program will be extended past its original closure date of October 31 to better support restaurants during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. This extension applies to outdoor dining Read More…

Featured Health & Environment

Some Boston Colleges See Coronavirus Clusters; State Travel Exemption List Changes Yet Again [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

There were twelve new COVID-19 cases this week in the Downtown, North End, Beacon Hill, and Back Bay neighborhoods, according to the Boston Public Health Commission’s weekly report through September 10th. The total number of cases for the downtown neighborhoods stands at 600, a rate of 107.7 per 10,000 residents. The City of Boston reported 16,106 total cases Read More…

Community Featured Transportation

Reader Poll: As the Pandemic Continues, Would You Ride the MBTA?

In mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic started causing major shutdowns, many individuals moved away from taking public transportation when possible with concerns over crowded spaces and shared touch points. However, a recent Boston Globe article explains the T may not be as risky of a place as people think. With many individuals still working remotely, Read More…

Featured Government Schools

Mayor’s Column: Our Fall School Plans are Guided by Health, Safety, and Equity

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Boston’s families safe, healthy, and equitably supported has been our top priority. That’s why we made the tough but necessary decision to close Boston Public Schools buildings in March. In a matter of days, we began distributing Chromebooks Read More…