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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DISASTER – Boston Resiliency Fund provides emergency grants to food access and healthcare system support for Boston residents

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Less than 10 days after it was first launched in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the  Boston Resiliency Fund has surpassed its goal of raising $20 million. The Fund was established last Monday as a means to provide essential services to first responders, critical care providers and Boston…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – State Travel Guidelines and New Health Care Resources To Support COVID-19 Response

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Governor reports BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced new COVID-19 public health emergency responses issuing new guidelines on travel and transportation, and offering further support for health care professionals and patients. Earlier today, Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo also announced an agreement to extend the 2019 state…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL CONTINUES OPERATION

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Our top priority at Animal Care and Control is the health and safety of animals and the people who care for them. At this time, we ask that residents only come into our offices for essential ;Visit our website to see what services can be performed online, or are currently on hold. SERVICE CHANGES…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Response Command Center Advisory Board of Medical Experts, Infectious Disease Specialists

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Governor reports Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the COVID-19 Advisory Board, a group of medical experts that will support the Response Command Center as the Commonwealth continues to respond to COVID-19. The Response Command Center, under the leadership of Secretary Marylou Sudders and reporting to Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, is the Commonwealth’s single point of strategic decision making and…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC -CITY TEMPORARY APPROVES USE OF PLASTIC BAGS AT BOSTON STORES

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Mayor Martin J. Walsh today issued a temporary Executive Order allowing plastic bag use in Boston for certain businesses during the public health emergency of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Under the Executive Order, the City of Boston has granted temporary exemptions to Boston's plastic bag ordinance, which had restricted plastic bag use in the City of…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – CITY OF BOSTON LAUNCHES MULTILINGUAL TEXT SERVICE WITH COVID-19 UPDATES

Enhanced language capacity to target over 37 percent of Boston residents that speak another language at home. Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: City of Boston Mayor reports Tuesday, March 24, 2020 -- In an effort to ensure all of Boston's communities get timely and accurate information about COVID-19, Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the texting service Alert Boston is now available in Spanish,…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – Computer Distribution to Boston Public School Students Begins

(Boston, MA 3/20/20) Members of the Boston Teachers Union take Chromebooks to their cars as they help distribute the computers to Boston students in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Mayor’s Office Photo by John Wilcox) Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Computer distribution to Boston Public School students. Schools are closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – mfa BOSTON Closes, Cancels May Events

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Art Director Matthew Teitelbaum reports I am deeply inspired by the sense of community I have witnessed as we collectively address the challenges we all face. MFA members and visitors are foremost in my thoughts and your safety and security are of greatest concern. As we closely monitor guidelines regarding public gatherings, we have come to…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – FOOD SUPPLY CURBSIDE TAKEOUT PICKUP ZONES AUTHORIZED

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports To help curtail the spread of COVID-19, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh have ordered all restaurants to restrict operations to takeout and delivery only until April 6, 2020. We know that this places an immense hardship on Boston's food establishments and small businesses. In support of local restaurants, we are installing temporary…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – New Coronavirus Stable for Hours on Surfaces. Shipping Boxes May Arrive with Living Deadly Virus

US STRONG news – Washington, DC: NIAID reports The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols…
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ICE FIELDS – COVID-19 Disruption Adjusts Enforcements Posture

US Strong news - Washington, DC: ICE reports Statement attributable Immigration and Customs Enforcement To ensure the welfare and safety of the general public as well as officers and agents in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily adjust its enforcement posture beginning today, March 18, 2020. ICE's highest priorities are to promote life-saving and public safety activities.…
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Coronavirus Pandemic – Contagious Hoarding Disruption Clearing Supermarket Shelves. Voluntary Quantity Limits Requested, “Contact Free” Procedures Offered to Customers with Fever or Flu Symptoms

US STRONG news – Boise, Idaho: President Vivek Sankaran, Albertsons Companies, Inc. reports To our valued customers and neighbors, At Albertsons Companies, we know the important roles our store and pharmacy play in your life and we are grateful for the trust you put in us for your ;As the situation around Coronavirus has developed, we have been and will continue to monitor all information…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH ADDRESSES THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

BOSTON STRONG news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Good evening. I know that many people are feeling fear and anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus. That’s entirely understandable. This is an unprecedented situation, both in the nature of the public health challenge and in the steps we are taking to protect our residents. So tonight I want to talk to you:…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – LICENSING BOARD ADVISORY FOR BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND CLUBS

Boston Strong news - Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports City of Boston Licensing Board advisory regarding the status of the prohibition of on-premise consumption of food and alcohol and the limitation on capacity. As you may be aware, due to the ongoing public health concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both the Licensing Board for the City of Boston (the…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – REMOTE LEARNING SET FOR CLOSED SCHOOLS

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Innovation and Technology. Boston Public Schools is working to ensure that students’ remote learning needs are met during their time away from school. Students were able to take home a Chromebook from school on Monday, March 16. Additional Chromebooks will be deployed during the closure. Parents will receive an invitation to sign up for a…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – A MESSAGE FROM BOSTON DISABILITY COMMISSIONER KRISTEN MCCOSH

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports I hope you are all doing well under these unprecedented circumstances. I know there is a lot of uncertainty in our community at this time, so I wanted to take this opportunity to reassure you that the Boston Disability Commission is working closely with City officials to address the needs of people with disabilities,…
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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY TO BE SUSPENDED IN CITY; LIBRARY LOCATIONS, BCYF CENTERS TO CLOSE

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced a series of updates relating to construction activity, the Boston Public Library system, and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF). As a reminder, all Boston Public Schools will be closed starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 until Monday, April 27, 2020. Should the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public…
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BOSTON RESILIENCY FUND TO SUPPORT RESIDENTS MOST IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

BOSTON STRONG news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports The emerging and immediate priorities of the Boston Resiliency Fund are to provide food to Boston's children and older adults, technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning, and support to first responders and health care workers so they can effectively do their jobs. Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the formation and…
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