COVID-19 Mayor’s Office Communication
I wanted to share with you updates regarding the City of Boston’s response to Coronavius and how it impacts the way we conduct business. I ask that you share this information (including attachments) with others in your respective civic organizations. The most up to date daily information will be shared via boston.gov/coronavirus including factsheets, new cases being reported, CDC guidelines and City of Boston restrictions or event postponements.
As the news regarding the coronavirus continues to evolve, together with our public health and public safety partners, The City of Boston is committed to identifying actions we can take collectively to prevent the spread of this virus and protect people from exposure. The Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS are preparing for all scenarios involving coronavirus to ensure we will have a safe and effective response.
Our first priority remains keeping the people of Boston safe & healthy. It is our hope that by taking preventative steps now, we will mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Boston. We will continue monitoring the situation and will keep you informed as we learn more.
As of Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the City of Boston has 18 presumptive cases of coronavirus in Boston residents. If these 18 cases are confirmed by the CDC we will have 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Boston residents. This information is being updated daily on boston.gov/coronavirus.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Boston has cancelled the St. Patrick’s Day parade that was scheduled for 3/15/20. We all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and our communities. By taking simple steps that reduce the spread of infectious diseases, we can ensure the health of ourselves and our neighbors.
Governor Baker has also declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. Visit boston.gov/coronavirus or bphc.org to get the latest updates
On March 11, 2020, the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Health Commission announced the closure of the Eliot K-8 School campus until March 19, 2020 due to Coronavirus concerns.
With the exception of public hearings and public meetings that are subject to the Open Meeting Law, the City of Boston will postpone events or meetings expected to have an attendance of over 25 people. This is consistent with CDC guidelines which discourage large gatherings and encourage the practice of social distancing. Learn more about social distancing at boston.gov under “Common Questions.”
The following City of Boston meetings in the South End and Bay Village have been postponed until further notice. As other events get postponed, I will keep you informed.
-661 Tremont St Abutters Meeting 3/12/2020
-Tremont St Design BTD Open House 3/16/2020
-Tremont St Design BTD Open House 3/21/2020
Additional related materials to this matter from:
Boston Public Health Commission https://bphc.org/Pages/default.aspx
Boston Public Schools bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html