April 6: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Dear friends,

Hi again! I hope you all are doing well and are able to stay connected with family and friends through phone and video calls during this time. Yesterday, the Mayor announced new restrictions that are incredibly important to reducing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). During the coming weeks, Coronavirus cases will likely peak in the Boston area, which means it’s more important than ever to practice physical distancing. 

Over the weeks ahead, stay home whenever you can and only go out for essential trips. When we do need to leave our homes, it’s important that we all wear a face covering that covers both our nose and mouth. This can be a scarf, a home-made mask, or even a repurposed old t-shirt. Watch my video on this here

Staying home really is one of the biggest ways we can help each other right now. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends, but it’s literally lifesavingly important that we all stay disciplined over the coming weeks. Abiding by the Mayor’s new restrictions, including a curfew and the closure of public sports facilities, will protect our hospital capacity by initiating as few new cases of COVID-19 as possible in this critical period. 

Physical distancing doesn’t have to mean a lack of social connection, though — reach out to family and friends by phone, or schedule a dinner via Zoom! And I hope amid the anxiety of this season, the strange change in pace has brought at least one unexpected joy to you. For me it has been the children tossing a ball and scrawling in chalk on the now-much-quieter street outside my house. Below you’ll find some information on two emergency economic relief initiatives at the city level that are launching applications today, one for renters and one for small businesses; I hope you’ll apply if they’re relevant to your circumstances. 

All the best, 

Kenzie 

Important City of Boston Initiatives  

  • The City of Boston has set up a $3 million emergency rent assistance fund specifically for those who can’t access federal CARES money or unemployment relief. Applications are now available here.
  • Mayor Walsh established the Small Business Relief Fund to assist Boston’s small businesses most directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This newly created fund, administered and managed by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development (OED).
    • Application available here.
    • Anyone needing support to fill out the application should call 617-635-2111 (in English + 9 languages including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Somali, French, and Russian)
    • The How-To-Apply Guide with requirements and guidelines can be found here.

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

Charlesgate Dog Park Design Meeting

Tuesday, April 7th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

https://zoom.us/j/232471638

Meeting ID: 232 471 638 

City Council Meeting 

Wednesday, April 9th, starting at 12PM

https://www.boston.gov/departments/city-council

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