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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.