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By adamg - 3/1/21 - 1:53 pm

The mayor's office announced today that restaurants will once again be allowed to offer outdoor dining on sidewalks or parking spaces starting at least on April 1, or maybe even a bit earlier, if we don't get hit with some awful snow or ice storm right before that would require city plows to rumble down streets. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 11:35 am

The Boston Licensing Board today issued a warning to West on Centre for a Republican buffet breakfast last month that violated several of the state's and city's Covid-19 regulations, including maskless attendees wandering around as they sampled a buffet before crowding together at tables as speakers regaled them while standing at a microphone. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 9:06 am

The Daily Free Press reports BU is planning to hold its May commencement in person, although it cautions: "The event is subject to change and will occur in accordance with city and state guidelines." Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/21 - 2:19 pm

Boston Birthday Flash Mob

In the before times, it was a thing: People would just gather in some crowded place and begin to dance, or sing or play instruments. Remember crowded spaces? Here are some videos of Boston flash mobs back in the day: Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/21 - 10:19 am

The Boston Licensing Board this week ordered a one-day shutdown for Rabia's on Salem Street after BPD detectives found too many people inside on Feb. 20. Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 11:59 am

Mayor Walsh (yes, he's still here) announced yesterday that unlike the rest of the state, Boston will not be allowing live music to resume at smaller venues and restaurants on Monday, but will instead wait until March 22, "if public health data allows."

More details.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 10:40 am

Thrillist talks to Frank Poindexter, general manager of Wally's on Mass. Ave. about how it's staying around when so many other small music sites in the Boston area have had to shut over the past year.

By adamg - 2/25/21 - 1:39 pm

COVID-19 Update: February 25, 2021

Gov. Baker today announced two phases of Covid-19 easing, that includes expanding restaurant capacity on March 1 and giving stadiums and arenas the ability to re-open, although not at full capacity, as Massachusetts Covid-19 numbers continue to fall. Read more.

By adamg - 2/25/21 - 9:24 am

beetlejuice next in line

Update: We have a new, um, winner: Viewstitch reports: 104435 minutes - that’s 72 1/2 days.

At 8 this morning, people now eligible for shots (or their young'uns helping them out) rushed to their computers to try to score one of those new appointments. At least no four-armed octopus this time, but instead, a waiting room, of the sort familiar to people who try to get, oh, Sox tickets. And still with the crashes. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/21 - 12:28 pm

Boston Calling says mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend - in 2022, when it hopes to return after canceling the festival again this year due to exactly the reason you would expect.

After exploring all possible options for hosting Boston Calling this year, we have made the difficult decision in conjunction with local and state authorities to cancel the 2021 festival.

By adamg - 2/20/21 - 4:22 pm

Around 1:40 p.m., today, I rolled up my sleeve at the CVS on Harrison Avenue near Boston Medical Center and got a Moderna shot (double comorbidities for the, um, win). It all was simple and quick - the longest part of the whole thing was just sitting there afterwards for 15 minutes to make sure I didn't suffer a reaction. Read more.

By adamg - 2/19/21 - 11:20 pm

WCVB talks to the CEO of the Maryland-based company that strung together the Web site that kind of sucked yesterday:

PrepMod vowed that there would be excellent communication moving forward, and the issues that users faced on Thursday would not happen again.

By adamg - 2/19/21 - 8:24 pm
Bar chart showing daily Covid-19 hospitalization numbers for Massachusetts

Data released by the Department of Public Health today showed 990 people in Massachusetts hospitals due to Covid-19, the first time the daily number has been below 1,000 since November 26. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 10:05 pm
Vaccinetime page

Dan Cahoon, a Cambridge software wizard, has spun up a bot that "scrapes" the state immunization site and posts alerts when new batches of Covid-19 vaccination slots open up, along with a link to the relevant shot spot's signup form. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 5:11 pm

A developer that wanted to replace a defunct Kneeland Street nightclub near South Station with a 230-room hotel asked the BPDA this week to let it build a 115-unit residential building instead, because it couldn't get financing for a hotel in the middle of a pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 10:19 am

A federal judge yesterday denied a request from a member of an alleged South End drug ring that he be allowed to await trial at his godmother's home rather than behind bars. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/21 - 9:02 am
Octopus of doom

The state added 1 million people to its list of vaccine-ready residents at precisely 8 a.m., which was when the state vaccination finder began to crash. Probably an unintentional metaphor that the octopus doesn't have enough arms.

By adamg - 2/17/21 - 11:39 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the two restaurants are seeking to transfer their liquor licenses to UrbanMeritage, the company that runs the retail space inside the Hotel Commonwealth. That usually happens when a property owner or manager wants to keep liquor licenses as they look for a new restaurant operator.

By adamg - 2/17/21 - 12:20 pm

COVID-19 Update: February 17, 2021

Gov. Baker announced today the state is lowering the age of eligibility for Covid-19 vaccinations from 75 to 65 and will allow anybody with two or more state-defined comorbidities to sign up for vaccination, starting Thursday morning. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/21 - 12:26 pm

Boston Medical Center yesterday announced it's opening clinics in several Boston neighborhoods to provide Covid-19 shots to eligible residents - those on the state's Phase 1 list and people 75 or older. Read more.

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