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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

Here are the latest COVID-19 updates as of this morning:

On Monday, March 16, Mayor Walsh announced the formation and launch of the Boston Resiliency Fund, which will coordinate the City’s fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and assist first responders and critical care providers. The Fund is being launched together with the support of a growing number of private and philanthropic partners, including the Vertex Foundation, Partners HealthCare, Jack Connors, Liberty Mutual, Gross Family Foundation, Bain Capital, John Hancock, John & Cyndy Fish, Mass Mutual and Shah Family Foundation.

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the City of Boston has 33 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents. This situation is evolving rapidly and changes day to day.

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 197 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive).

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, BPS families can pick up their prepackaged student meal options at dozens of locations every weekday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. during the BPS closure. Please be aware that some sites are subject to change. You may call 311 for the most up to date information. Learn more about meal distribution locations.

Meal Distribution sites near Mission Hill and Fenway 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

MCKINLEY SCHOOLS (SOUTH END):

On Sunday, Boston Public Schools became aware that a member of the McKinley School community was being tested for the coronavirus. We are relieved to be able to update you that this test came back negative. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the McKinley School community. Students can pick up their learning packets at a food distribution site closest to their home. Information about those locations is available at bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus. Boston Public Schools will let the school community know soon when they can come pick up their belongings from McKinley Schools.

If anyone associated with the McKinley School community develops fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your doctor or the Boston Public Health Commission at the Mayor’s Health Line, 617-534-5050.

LICENSED PREMISES:

The following restrictions from the City of Boston’s Licensing Board go 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, the Licensing Board Hearing for Wednesday March 18th, 2020 has been canceled and indefinitely canceled going forward.

CONSTRUCTION SITES:

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, We are suspending all regular activities at construction sites in Boston. Employers should maintain the necessary crews to keep their sites safe and secure, keep any materials from blowing away, and prevent trespassing. This work needs to be completed in the next week, by Monday, March 23, 2020. After sites have been secured, skeleton crews will be permitted for the remainder of this suspension to ensure safety. The only work that will be permitted moving forward will be emergency work, which will need to be approved by the City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department.

That essential work includes:
Emergency utility, road or building work, such as gas leaks, water leaks and sinkholes;
New utility connections to occupied buildings;
Mandated building or utility work;
Work at public health facilities, healthcare facilities, shelters, including temporary shelters and other facilities that support vulnerable populations;
Work which ensures the reliability of the transportation network;
Other work necessary to render occupied residential buildings fully habitable.

In addition to the list of essential construction projects, the City will, on a case-by-case basis, review requests for exceptions to the temporary construction moratorium. These may be granted by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for building-related work or the Commissioner of Public Works for street-related work. These will be granted if they support increased public health and safety.

This policy is effective as of March 17 and will be reviewed at regular intervals. New projects cannot be started at this time, unless they meet the criteria above. Any currently permitted and active construction project must be in a secure situation by Monday, March 23. This policy only applies to projects permitted by the City of Boston. 


BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY:

As of 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 15th, all branches of the Boston Public Library (BPL) system are closed until further notice including the central library in Copley Square. BPL will expand automatic renewals, and allow people to keep their books and other materials for an additional 15 weeks, instead of the standard three weeks.

All late fines will be waived until May 1, 2020 and library patrons will have until October to renew their library card if it is set to expire. In the coming days and weeks, BPL will increase online services, including ebooks, downloadable movies, audio books, and other information resources.

As a part of the City’s school closure plan, Chromebooks are being distributed to every BPS student who needs them. Students will be encouraged to make use of the BPL’s vast collection of resources during this time.

BOSTON CENTERS FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES:

All BCYF pools, gyms and fitness centers are closed. By this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all BCYF programming will be suspended. Only select BCYF centers will be open for youth meal distribution during school closures. For a list of meal distribution locations, go to boston.gov/coronavirus.

BOSTON PARKS AND RECREATION:

The health and safety of park users is our top priority. City of Boston parks remain open at this time. Maintenance and operational functions continue uninterrupted. The following operation changes have been made as part of the City of Boston’s response to Coronavirus.
Although parks remain open for “passive recreation” (such as walking or jogging) at this time, park users are advised to follow the guidelines recommended by the Boston Public Health Commission:
Practice social distancing (remain at least six feet away from other people).
Wash hands, utilize hand sanitizer, and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Limit time in public areas and avoid congregating in groups.
Stay home if you feel sick.
Park permits have been suspended through April 27, 2020.
Cultural and recreational programming has been suspended.
Community engagement forums for our planning, design, and construction activities will be postponed until a later date.
Events that are subject to the open meeting law (Parks Commission Meetings, Tree Removal Hearings) will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. There are no public meetings scheduled for March.
Please call 617-635-4505 or email parks@boston.gov if you have questions about a particular event.

The following qmeetings and events postponed until further notice:
All BTD Connect Downtown Office Hours
All BCYF events and programs
All Boston Public Library events
All Boston Parks Dept cultural and recreational programming
Mayor Walsh’s Youth and Jobs Resource Fair 3/28/2020
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.

Residents are asked to not call 9-1-1 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.

Thanks,
Shanice

Dear Members and Friends:

We want to make sure you have information but respect that the community is receiving multiple updates about COVID-19 developments.

Today’s update from Liaison Shanice Pimentel is below, with important information about the public health emergency declaration, BPS news (including meal distribution programs), and policies on bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as moratoriums on evictions and information for businesses.

After Tuesday, until further notice, we will be posting COVID-19 updates directly to the http://www.fenwaycivic.org website.

If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us at fenwaycivic@aol.com and we will do our best to find you support.

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Good afternoon Fenway,

We have a COVID-19 Update from the City as of March 16th:

Mayor Walsh declared a public health emergency in the City of Boston on Sunday, March 15

The Mayor’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency is a progressive step in line with the Boston Public Health Commission’s COVID-19 Response Plan that allows BPHC the authority to increase the availability of staff and resources, enhance reporting, information and resource sharing among Boston’s health and medical community.

The City of Boston has 29 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive) in Boston residents.

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 164 positive cases of coronavirus (confirmed and presumptive).

On Sunday, March 15th, Governor Baker announced the closing of all elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth from March 17-April 6th, banned All gatherings of 25 people, restricted nursing home visitations and ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgeries.

On Saturday, March 14th, Governor Baker announced the COVID-19 Response Command Center, which will be led by HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders. The Command Center will have complete authority and discretion to tap whatever state funds are necessary. This includes the $15 million recently appropriated by the Legislature for coronavirus.

The State is taking steps to speed up testing. The 1st change is that clinicians no longer need to receive testing approval from the state lab prior to submitting specimens for patients that meet particular criteria. The 2nd change is that clinicians can submit a single swab, rather than the previous two swabs. That will speed up the testing capability at the state lab.

BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

A reminder that all Boston Public Schools (with the exception of the Elliot and McKinley Schools) will be open on Monday, March 16th to allow the flexibility needed to ensure a smooth transition that will allow for parents to plan, students to gather belongings, and the distribution of any learning materials that are ready for use at home. We will be providing Chromebooks to every student who needs one, which comes with learning resources and technical support. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, BPS families can pick up their prepackaged student meal options at dozens of locations every weekday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. during the BPS closure. Learn more about meal distribution locations here. More info about BPS Coronavirus response here.

Meal Distribution sites serving BPS families near Mission Hill, Fenway, and Downtown-area include the following:

Tobin Center BCYF at 1481 Tremont Street — 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Boston Latin School at 205 Townsend Street — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
YMCA at 316 Huntington Ave — 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blackstone Elementary at 380 Shawmut Ave — 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Quincy BCYF at 885 Washington Street — 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

MCKINLEY SCHOOLS (SOUTH END):

On Sunday, Boston Public Schools became aware that a member of the McKinley School community was being tested for the coronavirus. We are relieved to be able to update you that this test came back negative. However, out of an abundance of caution, all three McKinley Schools will be closed Monday, March 16. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the McKinley School community, but our top priority is to keep you safe and informed. Students can pick up their learning packets at a food distribution site closest to their home. Information about those locations is available at bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus. Boston Public Schools will let the school community know soon when they can come pick up their belongings.

If anyone associated with the McKinley School community develops fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your doctor or the Boston Public Health Commission at the Mayor’s Health Line, 617-534-5050.

BARS, RESTAURANTS, BARROOMS AND CLUBS:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has banned on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants from March 17 to April 6. This includes all premises with a CV license including coffee shops and pizza places. Establishments can continue to offer take-out, drive-thru, and delivery options to customers.

For any restaurant or bar room that serves food, The City of Boston is lifting regulations so that all of these restaurants and bar rooms are allowed to offer take out. We encourage the use of delivery services. If you do not currently utilize a delivery service, the Office of Small Business can help you. Contact 311 if you need to be connected to them. Any restaurant that would like to donate food or assist residents in need may reach out the Office of Food Access via 311.

MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS:

The Mayor announced a partnership to impose a moratorium on eviction proceedings to protect Boston residents. This was announced with the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and its entity the Massachusetts Apartment Association, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations. Housing stability is crucial at this time and we are working to minimize the disruptions to residents during this challenging time. Property owners are encouraged to implement a moratorium on evictions that could be in effect for 90 days, with reviews every 30 days.

This follows action the City took on Thursday, March 12 with the Boston Housing Authority to urge housing courts to reconsider non-essential evictions of residents. In addition, the Boston Housing Authority is moving to immediately suspend its filing and prosecution of all Housing Court cases and matters with respect to its non-essential eviction actions. This includes cases where the health and safety of others is not part of the suit. It also includes all non-payment, no-fault cases, and cause-related cases.

FOR EMPLOYERS:

The Mayor encourages all businesses to not just be looking at their large events, but looking internally at their operations like sick leave, unemployment insurance and cleaning protocols.

The City is continuing to reach out to our partners in State and Federal government and we encourage you to reach out to our Office of Economic Development if you are a business that is facing difficulties due to recent cancellations or otherwise. We want to hear from you so we can start a conversation about what we can do to help. Please help us by sharing your experience via this survey.

Residents are asked not to call 9-1-1 for COVID-19 testing 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.

Thanks,

Shanice

Dear Members and Friends:

We are writing with a few cancellations and information about the rapidly evolving coronavirus disease 2019/COVID-19 situation in the city.

1. Symphony Park Chair Yoga Pop-Up party and Thursday classes:
To minimize exposure risk, chair yoga classes at Morville House, including the Pop-Up event on March 19th will be canceled until further notice.

2. Love, Fenway gala at Fenway Community Center:
The FCCs annual gala is being postponed to a later date, and several changes to the center’s schedule have been made.
To read more about Fenway Community Center’s policies during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/

3. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
We hope members will stay informed about developments with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The City’s website will be updated regularly at: https://www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-boston, and contains a number of resources, fact sheets, and other information.
We encourage residents and members to follow guidance provided by the city and state.

March 7th: The Future of the Hynes listening Session, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Boston Public Library Copley Branch, Rabb Hall
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has proposed to sell the Hynes auditorium on Boylston Street for redevelopment. This sale requires legislative approval and the Baker Administration has filed legislation that would grant the approval. State Senator Will Brownsberger and State Representatives Jay Livingstone and Jon Santiago are holding a listening session to determine whether and under what conditions they should support the requested approval, taking account of how you envision the future of the Hynes and its role within the Back Bay neighborhood. Please come and offer your thoughts.

March 8th: Tea Ceremony in the Gallery, 4:00 -5:00 p.m. Kaji Aso Studio, 40 St. Stephen Street, 02115
Experience tea ceremony at Kaji Aso Studio in remembrance of studio founder Kaji Aso. Suggested donations ($10) will support the Kaji Aso Memorial Fund. To rsvp, write administrator@kajiasostudio.com or call 617-237-1719.

March 19th, Winter Fitness Series: Chair Yoga Pop-Up Party, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Morville House, 100 Norway Street, 02115
Join the Boston Parks Department and residents to celebrate the Winter Fitness Series and Chair Yoga at Symphony Park. Refreshments and giveaways will be featured.

Dear Members and Friends:

Save the date on March 19th for Fenway Community Center’s annual gala “Love Fenway”.
This tropical themed evening will feature music, food, refreshments, and raffles and feature the FCC’s 2020 Community Spirit award winner Brenda Clark as well as honor the late Stephen Sorkin.
Come chase away the winter while supporting a good cause!

To learn more, purchase tickets, or to join as a sponsor, visit: https://fenwaycommunitycenter.org/lovefenway/

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Dear Members:

You are invited to a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 24th at the Fenway Community Center to learn about the results of the 2019 Fenway Community Noise Study conducted by Dr. Erica Walker.

Please see details below. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Fenway Community Center is located at 1282 Boylston Street in the West Fenway (entrance on Jersey Street)
This event is free and open to the public.

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