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By adamg - 4/2/20 - 2:44 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that work has started at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to create an area that can house up to 1,000 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 but who do not need more intensive hospital care. Read more.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 10:17 am

The middle of a pandemic, when students and teachers are still getting used to doing things online, is no time to talk about what could be a fundamental restructuring of BPS, several city councilors say. The Dorchester Reporter has more.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 8:09 pm
Cleaning up a glove in Boston

Boston Public Works employee cleaning up somebody's trash.

The Boston Public Works Department issued a plea today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 10:04 pm

The Boston Foundation today announced 15 $25,000 grants to Boston groups dealing with fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, including a number of immigrant support groups, such as: Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 4:42 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 3-30-20

Mayor Walsh announced today that the city has suspended collection of property taxes through June to try to help homeowners through the current Covid-19 crisis. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 4:21 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that while he continues to want to keep parks open, he's instructed Parks workers to remove all street-hockey and tennis nets to encourage people to social distance, after a nice weekend during which many people didn't. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 12:20 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that after seeing reports on 311 about people continuing to play sports in city parks, workers have begun applying zip ties to basketball hoops in an attempt to dissuade players. Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/20 - 10:44 am
Basketball at Peters Park in the South End

From a complaint about Peters Park yesterday.

Mayor Walsh may be hesitating to call out the parks around Boston where people are still un-social-distancing for basketball, street hockey, doggie butt sniffing and boozie parties, but concerned citizens with the 311 app on their phone are not. Even as Walsh was merely threatening to taunt basketball-playing would-be contagion spreaders mercilessly at a press conference yesterday, the city's 311 database was filling up with pleas to do something.

Some examples: Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 2:35 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 3/27/20

Mayor Walsh said today that he's continuing to get reports of people congregating and playing sports in Boston parks and that while he's not ready to shut parks down, he's getting close to naming the parks in an attempt to shame people to knock it off. Read more.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 10:08 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that a number of restaurants that had focused on sit-down dining in the Before Times are simply shutting down rather than continuing the takeout and delivery service they started after they lost their dining rooms.

By adamg - 3/27/20 - 9:03 am

In a letter to parishioners, the Archdiocese of Boston says they can eat meat on Fridays because of Covid-19 circumstances: Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 5:36 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced changes in Boston parking enforcement during Covid-19 times: Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 10:19 am

Feed the Frontline - powered by Boloco

John Pepper, owner of the Boloco chain, has put up a GoFundMe page for people who'd like to donate to the care and feeding - especially the feeding - of people on the front line in the fight against Covid-19. The money will go to send meals to workers at hospitals in Boston (and Hanover, NH, where the chain has an outlet).

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 9:46 am

At yesterday's Zoomed-in City Council meeting, Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester), delayed action on a resolution calling on the city and state to freeze rents, mortgages, evictions and foreclosures during the Covid-19 state of emergency. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 9:14 am

NBC Boston reports both Brigham and Women's and Mass. General each reported more than 40 Covid-19 diagnoses among its workers, while Boston Medical Center reported 15.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 1:36 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that officials have begun looking at how to use the South Boston convention center as a place to set up treatment stations and beds for Covid-19 patients, similar to the way New York City has been transforming its Javits convention center. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 10:11 am

The BPL children's library has started a blanket-fort challenge - what kind of forts can Boston kids make?

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 9:37 am

Mayor Walsh yesterday signed an executive order that lets Boston stores return to those flimsy plastic bags for the duration of the current state of emergency. The order also waives the fee stores normally charge customers for store-provided bags. Read more.

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