The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says that effective Friday, Rhode Islanders coming into Massachusetts will either have to quarantine for 14 days or show proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before their arrival here.
Somerville city and school officials told parents today that schools just won't be ready to instruct students safely come September and so the new school year will start entirely with remote instruction. Read more.
City Councilor Kenzie Bok, who represents the normally student-heavy Fenway and Mission Hill, is urging the city's two largest universities to reverse course and not let any students come to Boston for at least the fall semester - saying the greatest potential risk to Boston is "the sheer influx" of people from out of state, many from places with far higher Covid-19 rates. Read more.
A committee of Massachusetts judgets has published a series of recommendations for how to re-start jury trials in Massachusetts that would balance the right to public trials with the need to reduce the risk of jurors, defendants, lawyers, court officers and judges not to contract a potentially fatal virus. Read more.
Positivity rate at 2.2%, first time since June 16.
Yesterday's state Covid-19 report showed that 2.2% of people taking a Covid-19 test got positive results on Aug. 1 - a rate we haven't seen since June 16, when we were still coming down from the really high numbers of April and May.
Both literally and figuratively, writes Daniel Lanergan of Lord Hobo in Cambridge. Lanergan says all those outdoor patios aren't going to mean much once the temperatures go down. And in his case, he doesn't have a patio and he's used up his PPP loan paying creditors, and now his workers aren't getting that $600 weekly pandemic unemployment money anymore. Read more.
Northeastern University has told the BPDA it has increased the number of rooms it wants to rent to house students and the staffers who would oversee them at the Westin Copley Place from roughly 575 to as many as 875 - which would mean up to 19 floors in the hotel being set aside for Northeastern. Read more.
Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said today they are continuing to look at a "hybrid" school re-opening, in which students would split days between in-school and at-home learning, but that parents will have the chance to opt out completely and stick with remote learning over Covid-19 concerns. Read more.
Hampshire House Corp., which owns both the original and Faneuil Hall Cheers bars and the 75 on Liberty waterfront bar, this week sued three insurance companies to recoup the losses its incurred since the city and state shut down bars in March due to Covid-19 reasons. Read more.
The offending beers and a bottle of Jameson on the counter.
Tom English learns Thursday whether the four months he's had to go without a license for his eponymous Cottage on Emerson Street is punishment enough for the way two licensing detectives found him, a contractor and a third person inside with beers on March 21, after the city had already told local bars and restaurants to shut. Read more.
WBUR reports the state came to an agreement with teachers unions to push back the start of school by two weeks to give teachers a chance at doing what needs to be done to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks in their classrooms. The move means the 2020-21 school year will officially be 170 days long, instead of the usual 180.