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Dear Members:

Please see the following announcement from Mayor Walsh regarding today’s Census Day of Action.
We hope you will take time to register if you have not done so.
Links for completing by phone or online are below.
CITY of BOSTON

Have you completed the 2020 Federal Census?

Every ten years, the federal government conducts a census, with a goal of counting every person living in the United States. The data collected ensures that our communities get fair representation in Congress. It also determines where billions of dollars in federal funding will go over the next decade. This funding supports things like healthcare, food and nutrition programs, education, childcare, and housing. In the video below, I discuss the importance of the Census:
As our City continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis and works toward an equitable recovery, it’s more important than ever that everyone fills out the census so that we get the resources we need. In the years to come, federal funding will play a key role in providing relief to local families, veterans, the homeless, schools, small businesses, and more. Filling out the 2020 Census is an immediate action you can take to help with our relief efforts from the safety of your home. 

So I’m asking everyone to fill out the census, if they haven’t already. It takes just a few minutes, and you can do it online or over the phone. It’s also available in 13 languages. Go to my2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to participate. In the event you misplaced or never received your census ID, this guide will explain how you can still respond without it.

Please remember, your responses are safe and confidential. You will not be asked about your immigration status, and your answers will not affect any public benefits you receive.

We want to make sure that everyone gets counted, because in Boston, everyone counts. This is a time to make your voices heard, own your power, and help keep Boston strong for years to come.

Thank you,

Mayor Walsh

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Dear FCA members and friends:

The Army Corps has issued its first 90 day look-ahead for Phase 2.  There will likely be questions along the way as Phase two begins implementation in designated areas.  We will do our best to keep you informed through our representation on the Muddy River Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee and also point out that the address for questions directly to the Corps MuddyRiver@USACE.army.mil.

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All are invited to this virtual event – details at: https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/events/annualmeeting/

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While classes at Symphony Park and Clemente Field have paused, Boston Parks and Recreation have put together free virtual classes for everyone.

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Event: Check-in Town Meeting with Fenway Legislators

Time: Jun 9, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Description: Representatives Jon Santiago, Chynah Tyler, and Jay Livingstone and Senator Will Brownsberger will be holding a town hall style meeting on Zoom to hear questions, thoughts and concerns and share views about legislation and current events.
 
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Dear Members and Friends:

Please take a moment to fill out this survey from the Fenway Community Center and help shape the center’s services and programs.
FCC continues to offer programs and events online – for more information, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/ or follow it on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fenwaycommunitycenter/

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Please find the latest updates from The City of Boston regarding COVID-19 and re-opening The City.

 

COVID-19 CASES

TESTING UPDATE

REOPENING

2020 CENSUS

OPEN SPACE SURVEY

RENTERS RIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING

FRESH TRUCK OPEN AIR MARKET

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND REMINDER

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

GENERAL REMINDERS

STAY INFORMED

 

COVID-19 CASES

The City of Boston has 12,050 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive). So far, 5,121 of these 12,050 residents have fully recovered. Unfortunately, there have been 588 COVID-19 related deaths in Boston. 

 

The City posts race and ethnicity data for deaths, as well as for confirmed cases here.

 

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

 

Massachusetts has 87,052 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) and 5,862 deaths reported at this time. Massachusetts has also tested 460,826 individuals to date. 

 

The City of Boston has two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. View them here.

 

The City of Boston has a free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Text BOSCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in for English. Language and communications access remains a priority for Mayor Walsh, so this text service which was available in Spanish, Haitan Creole, French, Cabo Verdean Creole, and Portuguese, now includes Somali, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Russian.

  • Text BOSEspanol to 888-777 for Spanish

  • Text BOSKreyol to 888-777 for Haitian Kreyol

  • Text BOSFrancais to 888-777 for French

  • Text BOSKriolu to 888-777 for Cabo Verdean Creole

  • Text BOSPortugues to 888-777 for Portuguese

  • Text BOSSoomali to 888-777 for Somali

  • Text BOSChi to 888-777 for Simplified Chinese

  • Text BOSbilAraby to 888-777 for Arabic

  • Text BOSViet to 888-777 for Vietnamese

  • Text BOSRus to 888-777 for Russian

Updates in 10 total languages can additionally be accessed through boston.gov/coronavirus#multilingual-help. Each language has its own page and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide. 

 

TESTING UPDATE

  • Last week, the citywide positive test rate was 13.9%. This was a new low and brings the city’s cumulative positive test rate to 27%, down 2 percentage points from the week before. The City has continued targeted outreach and testing in neighborhoods seeing the most cases, and as a result, those communities’ positive rates continue to go down.

  • The City also continues to build a citywide strategy for increased testing, which includes an effort that starts next week to test all first responders. 

  • Overall, the data tells us that we have been moving in the right direction on new cases, positive test rates, and hospitalization for about 3 weeks. 

  • Every data trend gives a reason for caution, in terms of how gradual our progress is, how necessary our precautions have been, and how much potential there is for new outbreaks if we don’t keep doing the right things. 

 

REOPENING

Implementing Phase 1 of the State’s Reopening Plan in Boston:

On Monday, May 18, the Governor launched Phase 1 of a statewide reopening plan.The Mayor stressed that reopening does not mean “back to normal”—it means bringing caution and a commitment to stopping the spread of COVID-19 into workplaces and community spaces.

  • Boston will continue to meet the needs of families, seniors, and small businesses, as well as continue to follow the science and public health guidance, while monitoring the data at the city and state levels.

  • The Public Health Emergency declared on March 15 in the City of Boston remains in place until further notice. The same applies to the guidelines for physical distancing and face coverings, as well as the citywide recommended curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. 

  • The City will continue to focus on equity and meeting the needs of vulnerable communities, families with children, seniors, and small businesses. 

 

Reopening construction:

  • Under the statewide plan: Construction can start the week of May 18.

  • Boston’s approach: Boston has a phased-in approach with comprehensive health and safety requirements. 

    • Starting this week of May 18: Work on schools, hospitals, smaller residential projects, and open-air construction can restart.

    • Starting on May 26: Other work allowed by the state may resume.

  • Contractors must submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan before returning to work. 

 

Reopening office spaces:

  • Under the statewide plan: Office spaces will be allowed to open with 25% capacity starting on May 25. 

  • Boston’s approach: The City will take this step on June 1.

  • This timeline allows the City to work in collaboration with building owners and employers on safety plans that meet robust public health standards.

  • Every employer must create and implement plans for workplaces to minimize the spread of the virus, as outlined by the State.

  • The City is creating guidelines for offices to follow, based on national best practices and expert input.

    • These guidelines include shift scheduling, work-from-home policies, physical spacing, PPE, cleaning protocols, ventilation, employee communication, and more. These guidelines will be shared next week (week of May 25).

 

Reopening small businesses:

  • Under the statewide plan: Retail stores are allowed to open for curbside pickup on May 25, as well as some services, including hair care and car washes. 

  • Boston’s approach: The City is ready to help small businesses create plans that not only meet state guidelines, but go beyond them. However, we are also urging caution. 

  • The Boston Transportation Department has helped facilitate safe curbside pickup for essential businesses, and will expand that work as needed. The City is also developing creative public space solutions for pedestrians in business districts.

  • If businesses don’t feel comfortable opening, the City will back them in that decision and continue to make services and resources available to them. 

  • The City will provide more information in the days and weeks ahead to help employers and community organizations stay safe and connected. Small business owners can reach out to our Office of Small Business

 

Reopening houses of worship:

  • Under the statewide plan: Places of worship are allowed to open starting this week, at 40% capacity and with strict distancing practices and face coverings.

  • Boston’s approach: Places of worship must take a very cautious approach and are urged to not reopen if they have doubts about being able to plan, implement, and monitor strict safety guidelines. 

  • The Statewide “Safer at Home” policy remains in place, which advises against people 65 and older leaving home unless absolutely necessary. The Mayor urged seniors to adhere to the advisory and hold off on going back to places of worship, even if services restart. He also asked faith leaders to reach out to their elderly parishioners, to guide them and support them in putting safety first, and keep them connected in other ways.

  • The City has been getting questions about church choirs and hymns. The Mayor says they shouldn’t happen yet, given the added risk of virus transmission from singing in addition to speaking. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

 

2020 CENSUS

We are reminding residents to take the 2020 Census during this time of physical distancing. To date, only 49.8% of households have responded, which is lower than the statewide average response rate of 64.4%. We need to increase the rate of response.

  • Much of the funding that comes from the Census count helps the most vulnerable among us. It provides, for instance, health care (Medicare and Medicaid), public education (grants for special education and Boston Public Schools), food and nutrition programs (SNAP and free school breakfast/lunch programs), affordable housing (Section 8 vouchers), and child care (Head Start) for low-income families.

  • The 2020 Census is a way to directly increase community power. It will impact our daily lives for the next 10 years. Many of Boston’s communities are at risk of an undercount. We need a complete and accurate count because all of Boston deserves to be seen, heard, and invested in.

  • The Census has never been more accessible. You can respond to the 2020 Census online (my2020census.gov), over the phone, or by mail. You can respond to the 2020 Census online or over the phone in 13 different languages.

 

OPEN SPACE SURVEY

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is undertaking a Parcel Priority Plan to identify and evaluate land that should be protected as open space. Creating new open space and protecting existing open space will depend on practical concerns and available resources. Please consider sharing your feedback with the Parks Dept about where you would like to see more open space in our neighborhood! Learn more here

 

RENTERS RIGHTS TOWN HALL MEETING

If you have any questions about your rights as a tenant, join the The Department of Neighborhood Development and Greater Boston Legal Services on Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m. for a virtual town hall, where we will discuss tenants’ rights during and after COVID-19. The town hall will be a WebEx event and can be accessed here.

 

FRESH TRUCK OPEN AIR MARKET

The Mayor’s Office of Food Access has modified the Fresh Truck weekly markets to provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping our staff, volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information visit www.thefreshtruck.org, email info@thefreshtruck.org, or call (617) 297-7685.

 

Important points on the markets:

  • Fresh Truck Open Air Markets are a safe and convenient way to purchase fresh produce at low prices.

  • Customers can choose from several options of pre-packed $10 bags that obtain a mix of fruits and vegetables.

  • Fresh Truck Open Air Market accepts cash, credit, EBT, and HIP.

  • Markets are conveniently located in various neighborhoods. 

 

Schedule:

Monday: 11am-1pm | Charlestown BHA & Newtown 38 O’Reilly Way  

Tuesday: 2-4pm | East Boston PJK School 343 Saratoga Street   

Wednesday: 11am-1pm | South Boston West Broadway BHA 7 Joyce Hayes Way          Thursday: 10am-12pm | South Boston Mary Ellen McCormack BHA Sterling Square   

Friday: 11am-1pm | Dorchester Franklin Field BHA 9O Ames Street; 11am-1pm | Brighton Faneuil Gardens BHA 45 Faneuil Street

 

BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND REMINDER

The Boston Resiliency Fund provides grant funding to nonprofits supporting communities, families, & individuals in the City of Boston who are most immediately and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. For more information including translated materials, visit boston.gov/resiliency-fund.

 

CITY OF BOSTON COVID-19 OPERATIONS

All essential City of Boston services such as public safety, public health and maintenance operations including street cleaning, parks maintenance, trash and recycling pick up, etc will continue to be in operation.

  • City Hall is open to the public only on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 am – 5 pm.

  • Public access to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue is limited to the Boston Public Health Commission on the 2nd Floor and residents must be accompanied when entering the building. 

  • Everyone entering City Hall, including employees and members of the public, will be required to complete a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperature.

  • Residents are required to make appointments if they need to visit any of the essential services offered out of City Hall, and can learn more about the status of city departments and hours of operation here

 

GENERAL REMINDERS

  • Stay home. If you must go outside, practice physical distancing from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

  • Wear a face covering if you absolutely must go outside. Face covers help reduce the risk of a person spreading the virus, especially if they are asymptomatic. Visit CDC guidelines on face coverings for more information and guidance. 

  • Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911. The City of Boston’s EMTs and hospitals have the capacity and ability to treat everyone.

  • Observe the recommended curfew for everyone in Boston except for essential workers to stay at home from 9 pm to 6 am daily. 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050. Buoy Health has created a free online diagnostic tool which screens for COVID19 at buoy.com/mass.

  • Donate supplies to first responders here.

  • Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here.

  • Volunteer with the City of Boston here

  • For Food access needs, visit our Food Resources Map or call 3-1-1.

  • Fill out the 2020 Census. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted. 

 

STAY INFORMED

Receive the latest COVID19 info from reliable sources. 

Visit: bphc.org/coronavirus; boston.gov/coronavirus; mass.gov/2019coronavirus

Call: 311 or 211.

 

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New Trees in Fenway

Some good news!
After years of advocating for street tree replacements along Park Drive in the Fenway, Fenway Civic Association is happy to report that some 50 trees have been planted by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. This is an example of what coordination between public, private, and citizen efforts can yield.
We would like to recognize the special efforts of Conservancy Field Operations Manager Ellen Arnstein, landscape architects Kyle Zick and Mike Doucette, and DCR’s Stella Lensing and Jeff Enochs.
The handsome specimens consist of hornbeam, redbud, serviceberry, linden, tupelo, and elms.
These trees will need everyone’s care and attention as they become established in the next few years.
Please encourage your building and your neighbors to water them 20 gallons once a week in times of heat stress.

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Updates for March 18th are as follows:

On Wednesday, March 18th, Mayor Walsh announced a city-wide effort to distribute important information related to the coronavirus. Information will be delivered to residents and it will be in multiple languages. If you are healthy and would like to volunteer to help deliver information to neighbors, you may sign up at bit.ly/helplitdrop

The City of Boston has launched a new, free texting service to provide daily updates and information about the coronavirus. Stay in the know and text BOSCOVID to 99411 to opt-in.

On Tuesday, March 16th, Mayor Walsh addressed the residents of Boston about what our City has done to be prepared for Coronavirus; how we’ll continue to work together to keep the people of Boston healthy and safe; and what this crisis demands of each and every one of us, individually and together, as we move forward. See the Mayor’s full address here.

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the City of Boston has 49 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. These numbers are expected to go up as the State increases testing capacity.

The Boston Public Health Commission will be providing the updated total of cases in Boston residents as it is received from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Information can be found at boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org.

On Wednesday, March 18th, Governor Baker announced new measures relating to childcare centers, small business tax relief and unemployment insurance legislation. Updates from the Governor’s Office can be found at mass.gov/covid19

Massachusetts has 256 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive).

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City. Learn more about meal distribution locations here

Meal Distribution sites near the Mission Hill, Fenway and and Kenmore include the following:

BCYF Tobin at 1481 Tremont Street — 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Boston Latin School at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
BCYF Madison Park at 55 Malcolm X Blvd — 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
BCYF Quincy Community Center at 885 Washington St — 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary School at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Vibrant Boston Community Center at Lenox/Camden at 136 Lenox St — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Please help spread the word about meal distribution sites to BPS families.

As part of our efforts to continue serving our students, Boston Public Schools are providing Chromebooks to students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home. Parents will receive an appointment time to pick up their student’s device to avoid creating crowds.

STREET SWEEPING:
Street sweeping is still on and we encourage residents to move their cars to allow for Public Works to properly clean our streets. However, we understand that given the current situation with COVID-19 in Boston that moving your car may be difficult at this time. As a result, we are suspending ticketing and towing for the time being.

Please be aware that the suspension of ticketing and towing only applies to street sweeping. The Boston Transportation Dept. will still be enforcing other street regulations.

Trash and recycling pick up is on a regular schedule

ZONING BOARD OF APPEAL HEARINGS:
The March 19th, 2020 and March 24th, 2020 Zoning Board of Appeal Hearings have both been cancelled. The March 19th hearing has been deferred to May 14th at 5pm at 1010 Massachusetts Ave, 5th floor, Boston, MA, 02118. The March 24th hearing has been deferred to May 19th, 2020 at 9:30am at Boston City Hall, Room 801.

No determination has been made at this time with respect to April hearing dates for the Zoning Board of Appeal.

When the Board of Appeal resumes hearings, members of the community are strongly encouraged to submit letters in support or opposition to an appeal in lieu of appearing in person. This will help promote social distancing.

LICENSED PREMISES:
The following restrictions from the City of Boston’s Licensing Board went into effect on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
No restaurant (with or without an alcoholic beverages license), bar, club, private club, social club, or entertainment venue may at any time allow more than twenty five (25) individuals in the licensed premise including staff.
No establishment may serve food or alcoholic beverages for on premise consumption. This effectively means a complete prohibition on the service of alcohol with the exception of retail package stores.
Establishments may only serve patrons food via take-out and delivery.
Any restriction or regulation prohibiting take-out is temporarily lifted.
Establishments must remove or rope off all seating in the licensed premise.
Establishments must abide by the CDC’s social distancing policies.
Establishments offering take-out and delivery may stay open to the closing hour currently listed on their license.
Massachusetts General Law does not allow for a Section 12 Licensee to sell alcoholic beverages to go. Any change would require emergency legislation at the state level. The Board has consulted with the ABCC and there is no plan to adopt such legislation.
Please note, City of Boston Licensing Board Hearings have been indefinitely canceled going forward.

CITY OF BOSTON SHELTERS AND HOMELESS SERVICES:
The City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission are working on a comprehensive plan for people experiencing homelessness. This plan is in the final stages and we are taking the necessary action now on certain parts of the plan. There are no plans to close our shelters.


BPHC and the Department of Neighborhood Development are working with our partners at Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Pine Street Inn, Boston Medical Center, St. Francis House and other agencies to ensure that we can continue to operate our emergency shelter system safely and care for those needing observation, quarantine or more serious levels of care and any additional supports needed. 


There will be both testing/screening facilities and isolation facilities at 3 locations:
Boston Health Care for the Homeless (in front of Woods Mullen)

Next to the 112 Southampton Shelter

Pine Street Inn

Screening will ramp up this week and take place at multiple sites. If an individual is showing signs of COVID-19 will be tested for the virus. As Covid-19 testing becomes more available, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is developing guest screening protocols consistent with CDC and Public Health guidance to mitigate person-to-person transmission. Providers are working with Boston Health Care for the Homeless to implement screening at shelter and day programs.
 Shelter guests will be referred for observation and support in locations identified by health care providers while awaiting test results and/or needing isolation while ill with COVID-19.


Individuals with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are instructed to self-isolate for 14 days or longer in order to ensure that they have not contracted COVID-19 and do not pass it along to others. People experiencing homelessness do not have the same options when asked to stay home. The City has identified sites to ensure a person experiencing homelessness has a place to go, if that individual needs to be isolated or quarantined. We currently have one location that is operational (17 beds). By the end of the week, we will have another site that will be operational (38 beds). We are closely monitoring this situation and will ramp up additional space as needed.


HELP FLATTEN THE CURVE:
To protect Bostonians and their families from the spread of the virus, residents are reminded to practice caution: wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol; avoid shaking hands; cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you think you might be sick, please call your doctor or 311 to be connected to the Mayor’s Health Line. Residents are also reminded to practice social distancing: keep your distance from others (6 feet apart); avoid crowded places.

While City Hall is still open and running, we discourage anyone from coming in unless they have an urgent need for services that cannot be done by phone or online. If you have questions, call the City’s hotline at 311 to get connected to a department.

Residents are asked not to call 911 unless you are experiencing a medical emergency. All COVID-19 questions should be directed to Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050 or 311. The City and BPHC will continue to provide updated information on bphc.org and boston.gov/coronavirus.

We will continue to keep you informed as we continue to receive updates.

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The Office of Economic Development will be holding a conference call for small businesses this afternoon.
Please share this information with any business owners that have reached out to you with similar concerns. Here is the information:

The conference call will be held Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Dial-in: ‪+1 (614) 664-9433
PIN: ‪799 590 823#

Please also see the city’s small business survey to help understand and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScL9t3RKiUUZ8EmCo2QNDI6be0EwG-bt6BoG8XZVWpJxM9Quw/viewform

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