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New “Healthy Streets” Program Will Expand Bus Stops, Create More Bike Lanes

As part of the City’s reopening process during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Walsh has announced a new “healthy streets” program that will reimagine streets to support businesses and restaurants, provide additional space for residents using public transportation, and accelerate the installation of bike lanes. The series of changes to Boston’s streets builds on Mayor Walsh’s Read More…

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Reopen Boston Fund to Provide $6 Million to Support Small Businesses

The Reopen Boston Fund will provide $6 million in new debt-free grants to help qualified small businesses implement the necessary public health measures required to reopen safely as the City continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This new funding is aimed at supporting small businesses with under 15 employees and with a majority of employees Read More…

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47% COVID-19 Patients Have Recovered; Construction and Some Sectors Reopen [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

Nearly half, 47%, of COVID-19 patients have recovered in the City of Boston. Boston’s total reported number of cases stands at 12,306. According to the most recent data, there were 779 newly reported positive cases citywide, a 7% increase from last week. The North End, Downtown, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill have had a total of 434 positive Read More…

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Mayor Walsh Discusses City’s Reopening Strategy with Wharf District Council

Stressing the need for a slow and cautious approach to reopening the City, Mayor Walsh opened his discussion with the Wharf District Council at their May meeting by referencing the latest COVID-19 numbers, which as of Wednesday, May 20, stood at 588 deaths and over 12,000 reported cases in Boston. Watch the full meeting video Read More…

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New COVID-19 Cases Slow in Boston; Per Study 90% Have Not Been Exposed [COVID-19 Weekly Update]

The number of newly reported positive COVID-19 cases in Boston dropped significantly this week, under 750, and the first time below 1,000 since March. And of those, 5.3% went to the hospital, down from a peak of over 11% in early April. The North End, Downtown, Back Bay, and Beacon Hill had a total of 347 positive Read More…

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City Considers Expanding Sidewalks; Opening Lanes to Pedestrians and Cyclists to Maintain Social Distancing

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh discussed creative ideas to maintain social distancing in public spaces as the City looks toward reopening plans during a media briefing on May 11, 2020. The City has been looking for ways to expand space for pedestrians, small business customers, cyclists, and bus commuters. Starting at 7:25 in the video, Mayor Read More…

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Boston Further Expands Testing; Antibody Testing Initiative Underway [COVID-19 Weekly Report]

There has been a 12% increase in cases this week among Boston residents, according to the most recent data. The number of positive COVID-19 cases for the week ending May 8th stand at 10,761 with 496 total deaths. There were 86 new deaths, representing about a 20% increase from last week. The most recent report Read More…

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Restaurants: Proposed New Liquor Licenses “Slap in the Face” During Pandemic

This week’s Boston City Council hearing on adding 150 non-transferable liquor licenses for underserved neighborhoods became heated as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could put many existing alcohol licenses on the secondary market from many restaurants expected to go out of business. With all Massachusetts restaurants and bars ordered closed for on-site service as of March Read More…

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Voluntary 9PM–6AM Curfew, Face Covers Encouraged for All, Recreational Sports Areas Closed

Effective Monday, April 6, new, tighter restrictions will be put in place in the City of Boston to reduce the impact and spread of the coronavirus. Announced by Mayor Marty Walsh on Sunday, April 5, every individual is now encouraged to cover their mouth and nose when out in public. This includes when on essential Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Through Every Challenge, Boston Stands Together

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh The coronavirus is a serious public health crisis that is affecting every aspect of life in our city. I know that the changes have been disruptive, and the cancellations have been disappointing. Some working people are losing paychecks, worried about bills, and struggling with childcare. And through it all, many Read More…

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North End Resident Kathryn Burton Named Mayor Walsh’s Chief of Staff

Kathryn R. Burton, a resident of Boston’s North End, has been named Chief of Staff for Mayor Marty Walsh. Burton is currently Director of Operations for New Boston Ventures and previously served as Chief of Staff for then-Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman. In this new role, Burton will focus on accelerating the implementation of the Mayor’s Read More…

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Mayor’s Column: Black History Month Kicks Off “Year of Black Excellence”

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Black history is more than a month. Join our year-round celebration. February is Black History Month and, in Boston, we have a full series of events planned to celebrate the achievements of Black Bostonians—the women and men, seniors and students, veterans and clergy, business owners and activists who have been Read More…