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By adamg - 5/14/21 - 10:05 am

WBZ reports neither city nor state is dropping their mask requirements for indoors and some outdoor spaces just yet, but might, soon.

By adamg - 5/11/21 - 10:19 pm

Massachusetts today reported no deaths from Covid-19, the first time that's happened since last March 17, at the beginning of our first surge. It's possible the number could be adjusted based on late reports, so we probably want to wait a bit before going "hooray!" just yet, but the number of total cases reported (472), people hospitalized (441) and test positivity rate (1.32% over past seven days) are all also part of downward trends, so things are getting better.

By adamg - 5/11/21 - 2:51 pm

The mayor's office announced today that a continuing decline in Boston Covid-19 rates and hospitalization means both city libraries and community centers will be able to offer additional in-person services starting next month, although an announcement from City Hall said we'll have to wait for details. Read more.

By adamg - 5/6/21 - 12:57 pm

The Glynn Hospitality Group, which owns bars downtown and in the Back Bay and the South End, is suing its insurance company for notreimbusring it for all the money it's lost due to Covid-19 restrictions, despite having an "all risk" policy. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/5/21 - 10:47 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that holding key court hearings via Zoom in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic is constitutional - but that a man facing criminal charges who agrees to waive his speedy-trial rights can decide to wait until he can have a hearing on evidence in person. Read more.

By adamg - 5/4/21 - 1:12 pm

The former owner of a Beverly pizza place was arrested today on federal charges that he fraudulently obtained several hundred thousand dollars in federal funds meant to keep workers he didn't actually have working through the pandemic - and used much of the money to start an alpaca ranch in Vermont. Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 12:06 pm

WCVB reports the state will be closing the Hynes, Gillette, Natick Mall and Danvers vaccination sites by the end of the month as it moves to distributing Covid-19 vaccine doses to mobile units and doctors' offices in an attempt to reach people who might not want to go to a giant site.

By adamg - 5/2/21 - 3:59 pm

The Swan boats formally return to the Public Garden lagoon this Saturday - good news for both visitors and for ducks - which will face a reduced risk of death from toxins released by microorganisms that are normally kept at bay by the boats' paddling.

By adamg - 4/30/21 - 9:48 am

The MBTA announced today that it is continuing to require masks on all T property, even above-ground stations and even if you claim you've been vaccinated. Sure, you won't risk a fine anymore by going barefaced, but you could still find yourself kicked off the T if you try to stand your ground or something with a T official or cop. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 11:53 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected a request by a man convicted of a 1974 Roxbury murder that he be freed because of Covid-19 concerns while he purses an attempt to win a new trial, as well as requests for release by two men convicted of a 1984 murder in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 9:22 pm

BPS is considering setting up an online-only school for the coming school year, and is asking parents if they'd be interested in that. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/21 - 4:27 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 4-27-21

Acting Mayor Kim Janey said today that while Boston will start easing some Covid-19 restrictions on Friday, along with the rest of the state, it will lag behind the state on others by three months because of the city's relatively high numbers of vulnerable populations and complex business districts. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/21 - 12:04 pm

WBUR reports the state will end its outdoor mask requirements starting April 30, "except for situations where it is not possible to maintain social distance and when required by business-specific guidelines." Indoor mask use will still be required, however. Various indoor and gathering limits will start to be relaxed over the coming month.

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By adamg - 4/26/21 - 1:22 pm

The MBTA announced today that it'll be using some of that sweet federal stimmy to resume the Charlestown and Hingham ferries it had canceled in January because of Covid-19-related lack of demand, starting May 22. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 1:46 pm

The Rose Kennedy Greenway reports Trillium and City Winery will start serving their adult beverages along the lineal park next month, to parties of no more than six people, all of whom must also order food from a food truck along the Greenway. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 11:52 am

Dr. Paul Sax, clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, writes it might be time to say it's OK for people to go outside without a mask on - but to keep one handy for those inside visits. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 12:17 pm

The Beacon Hill Times reports on the historic site's re-opening after 13 months of being closed due to Covid-19.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 9:57 pm

WBZ reports OSHA plans to fine Ariana Murrell-Rosario, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Lynn more than $136,000, unless she can give it a really good reason why she made her employees and customers remove their masks when they entered the business. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 12:18 pm

COVID-19 Update: April 14, 2021

Gov. Baker said Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials make up only a small percentage of doses being sent to Massachusetts, so yesterday's federal announcement of a halt in its use won't significantly delay vaccinations here. Read more.

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