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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.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 10:46 pm
Chart showing numbers of diagnosed Covid-19 by age group in Massachusetts

Number of diagnosed cases by age group, based on Mass. DPH data from 3/23.

Today's Covid-19 numbers from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health show that 34% of the diagnosed cases in the state are in people under 40. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 2:05 pm

Mayor Walsh announced the death this afternoon; did not provide further details. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/20 - 7:51 am

Dr. Michael Mina is a professor of epidemiology and immunology at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He wrote last night: Read more.

By adamg - 3/22/20 - 6:58 pm

WFXT reports that a Boston man in his 90s and two men in their 70s from Hampden and Berkshire counties have died from "Covid-19-related illness." That brings the statewide total to five, all since Friday.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 11:48 am

Boston Restaurant Talk lists Boston-area breweries that are making home deliveries of their suds.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 9:56 am

Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins' office announced this morning:

By Bette - 3/18/20 - 8:08 pm

Does anyone have experience with unemployment? Specifically for restaurant staff that has been laid off this week? Yes, I have tried contacting the office which is impossible right now.

To receive benefits you must prove you are actively looking for work. The restaurant industry is entirely closed, how on earth can any of us look for work?

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