Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports 3.06.2020.

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture is receiving many questions from arts and culture organizations seeking guidance on responding to Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation and things are changing daily. At this time, we are not recommending the cancellation of any events or gatherings, and we will still be holding City-led arts events.

We encourage organizations to take extra precautions at events to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including posting signage that encourages handwashing and providing tips for prevention. You can find posters in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese on bphc.org.

Below is a response from the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on holding events and gatherings:

The City of Boston with its public health leaders through the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for COVID-19. These preparation efforts for a safe and effective response began in January and continue to be adjusted and will be escalated if needed. As of March 6, 2020, there has been one confirmed case in a Boston resident and three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Boston residents. The CDC is now testing the presumptive positive cases for confirmation.

BPHC has activated the internal incident command structure in January and is in constant communication with the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local health care partners to continue all efforts to contain the spread across the City. While the City is preparing for all possible scenarios through ongoing multi-agency and interdepartmental efforts and with emergency planning protocols guiding the work, the City of Boston is a safe place to visit, hold community events and have residents go about their daily lives in the community. While we are not encouraging cancellation of community events or gatherings, there are some key precautions that event planners and organizers should take into account as outlined by the CDC.

While the situational context of COVID-19 is changing regularly, the City will work to ensure that all community partners and residents have the latest, most up to date information available. For more information or questions, please contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.