Friday, January 14, 2022

B TOGETHER IN 2022: BOSTON’S COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT FOR SELECT INDOOR SPACES

Starting Saturday, January 15, 2022, people will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain indoor spaces in Boston:

  • Indoor dining, including bars and nightclubs

  • Indoor fitness

  • Indoor entertainment


For a more detailed list of covered locations, please click here.  

Employees working in those spaces will also be required to be vaccinated. Covered businesses are responsible for checking proof of vaccination and posting a notice about the COVID-19 vaccine requirement – and the City is here to help.

Click here to access a printable image of the notice that covered businesses must post at their entrance. 

To enter one of the establishments listed above, you will need to show that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.  That verification can be done with:

  • A CDC vaccination card

  • A digital image of your CDC card 

  • An image of any official immunization record

  • A City of Boston app or any other COVID vaccine verification app

TIMELINE

Saturday, Jan. 15

People age 12+ must show proof of 1 dose of vaccine

Tuesday, Feb 15

People age 12+ must show proof of full vaccination

Tuesday, March 1

Children age 5-11 must show proof of 1 dose of vaccine

Sunday, May 1

Child age 5+ must show proof of full vaccination

To learn more about the policy and access resources for residents and businesses, please visit www.boston.gov/b-together or call 311.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any change with the indoor mask mandate?

No.  Boston’s indoor mask mandate is still in effect.  The public health guidance from the CDC and Boston Public Health Commission is that the best protection against COVID-19 is both to get vaccinated and to wear a mask until the spread of COVID-19 in the community is suppressed.  

When I show my proof of vaccine verification, do I also need to show ID?

No.  The City is only requiring that people show proof that they are vaccinated.

Will the City app track what locations I visit?

No.  As the city rolls out an app, it will be designed for one purpose only: to make it easy for you to show an image of your proof of vaccination on your phone. 

Do employees of these businesses need to be vaccinated?

Yes.  This policy covers both patrons and people working in the same indoor spaces.

What if I have misplaced my vaccination card?

Businesses are required to ask for proof of vaccination. Businesses may allow a patron to enter for a limited purpose, such as to pick up food or to recharge their cell phone to enable the patron to show a digital image of their proof of vaccination. Businesses may also exercise discretion to allow entrance to a vaccinated minor who cannot show proof of vaccination if the minor or an accompanying adult can offer a reasonable explanation.  

What if a person states that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons?

Covered businesses must require proof of vaccination. If a customer requests an exemption from the vaccine requirement due to a disability, engage with them in a cooperative dialogue to see if a reasonable accommodation is possible. A business does not have to provide a reasonable accommodation if doing so would create a direct threat (including contact with an unvaccinated individual) for other customers or employees of the business, or impose an undue hardship on the business.

Will there be enforcement against businesses who don’t follow the policy?

The City’s goal is to help businesses follow the policy so that we can encourage vaccination and limit the risk to customers and workers. Once the COVID-19 vaccine requirement takes effect in January of 2022, city inspectors will make checks for compliance. Businesses who are found not in compliance will receive a warning. If businesses continue not to comply, they may be fined or face other enforcement action. 

What if an individual refuses to show proof of vaccination at a covered establishment?

An individual who refuses to show proof of vaccination may not enter except for very quick and limited purposes (such as using the bathroom, picking up food, or paying a bill). When entering a venue for such limited purposes, the individuals must wear a face mask.

Can I report a business that is not following the policy?

If you see a business that is not following the policy that you believe should be, please call 311. If you are a worker concerned about retaliation, please contact the Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division.

Does this policy apply to indoor dining, fitness or entertainment in schools?

No. The policy excludes pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public and non-public schools and programs, child care programs, senior centers, and community centers. The policy does not apply to indoor college and university spaces that already require vaccination for all members of the community. 

What if I don’t have a smartphone?

You can show that you are vaccinated without a smartphone by showing your CDC vaccination card or any other official immunization record.

What if I speak a language other than English?

Public notices to be posted at the front entrance of indoor establishments will be distributed in the languages most commonly spoken in each neighborhood.

Do I need a booster shot under the policy?

There is currently no requirement in the policy to have a booster to enter indoor establishments. The Public Health Commission may modify this provision in the future, in consultation with public health data and guidance from the CDC.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources in Boston

For a full list of all the places you can get vaccinated in Boston, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine In Boston resource page.



originally published 12.20.21

12 Farnsworth Conversion To Life Sciences Public Meeting

updated 1/13/22 with ZBA Appeal Tracker and hearing date of February 15th.
updated 1/10/22 with link to meeting broadcast and confirmation that Flour Bakery remains. 

There will be a City of Boston Abutters Meeting for proposed changes to 12 - 22 Farnsworth (most popularly known as the building housing Flour Bakery) on: 

Monday, January 10, 2022
6:30 pm
View Meeting Broadcast via Facebook

In the last quarter of 2021,12 Farnsworth, a six story 59,146-square-foot office/retail property, and adjacent parking lot (11 Sleeper St) sold to San Diego-based Phase 3 Real Estate Partners who plans to convert the office building to Life Sciences labs and offices. 

The proposal includes additional roof mechanical equipment related to Life Sciences and slight changes to loading dock, utility upgrades, interior renovations to floors 2 through 6. The restaurant space, Flour Bakery, will remain. 

The site is subject to Groundwater Trust Overlay District and Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage under Boston Wetlands Protection Ordinance administered by the Boston Conservation Commission and is within the Coastal Flood Resilience Overlay District. 

To track the status, use the ZBA Appeal Tracker, which shows a Zoning Board of Appeal Date of February, 15, 2022.

On a related note, 11 Sleeper Street will be in front of the Fort Point Landmark District Commission at their January 13, 2022 public meeting for the replacement of the existing transformer and concrete pad.12 Farnsworth presented at Landmarks in September of 2021.

12 Farnsworth Street

For more information or questions regarding the Jan 10th Abutters Meeting, please contact:
Haley Dillon
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Haley.Dillon@boston.gov
617-635-2680

originally published 1.6.22

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Fort Point Landmarks January 2022 Meeting

updated 1/10/12 with presentations.

The FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, January 13, 2022
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to the Zoom meeting link 
or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering meeting id  822 2156 1557# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.

I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.0627 FPC 11 SLEEPER STREET
Applicant: Philip Marcotty
Proposed work: Replace existing transformer and concrete pad. (Continued from 12/9/2021 Hearing)

APP # 22.0715 FPC 300 A STREET
Applicant: Olivia Sherry
Proposed work: Renew approval for previously approved signage

APP # 22.0743 FPC 49 MELCHER STREET
Applicant: Courtney Hills
Proposed work: Replace signage at main entrance, awnings, and blade signs at Melcher Street and Necco Court.

APP # 22.0753 FPC 7 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Applicant: Diego Rico
Proposed work: Construct a new building.

II. RATIFICATION OF 10/14/2021, 11/10/2021, and 12/9/2021 PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

III. STAFF UPDATES

IV. PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 8:00 PM

FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

originally published 1.4.10

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Boston City Council First Meeting of 2022

On Monday of this week (January 3, 2022), the City of Boston held a swearing-in ceremony to formally inaugurate new and returning City Council members. The Council -- which consists of sitting Councilors Flaherty (At-Large), Mejia (At-Large), Murphy (At-Large), Edwards (District 1), Ed Flynn (District 2), Frank Baker (District 3), Ricardo Arroyo (District 5), Kenzie Bok (District 8), and Liz Breadon (District 9) -- were sworn in by Mayor Wu on City Hall Plaza alongside new Councilors Louijeune (At-Large), Worrell (District 4), Kendra Lara (District 6), and Tania Fernandes Anderson (District 7).

After the inauguration ceremony, the Council convened in the Iannella Chamber for the first Council meeting of the year. As required by the Boston Charter, the meeting was presided over by the eldest member of the Body, Councilor Breadon.

“This is what democracy looks like. It took a huge effort to get us here today. I want to thank all the candidates who put themselves out there to run for office for City Council in 2021. I want to thank all the volunteers who knocked doors and made calls for their preferred candidate. So many of our volunteers and supporters are unable to attend today and partake in the celebrations, but I do want to recognize all that effort. I especially want to thank all the staff of our Election Department, who ensured that we had a safe, well run municipal election in the middle of a pandemic. I want to thank the voters of Boston, who actually turned out to vote to elect a new Mayor and a new City Council. And now the work begins! I look forward to working with all of my colleagues as we come together to serve all of the residents of Boston,” said Councilor Breadon.

During the meeting, the Council unanimously elected Councilor Flynn to be the President of the City Council. To watch the inauguration ceremony, click here. This week’s Council meeting can be viewed here.

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A special note of congratulations to our District 2 City Councilor Ed Flynn on becoming Boston City Council President!

Next City Council Meeting is January 26, 2022 at 12pm. 

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Monday, January 03, 2022

Conservation Commission January 2022 Kickoff Meeting

The Boston Conservation Commission (ConCom) enhances the quality of life in Boston by protecting water and land resources and restoring our natural environment and ecosystems. The ConCom is also responsible for developing regulations and implementing the Boston Wetlands Protection Ordinance. Wetlands are crucial to controlling flooding and protecting Boston's neighborhoods and green spaces. 

The 2022 Kickoff Meeting will take place:

January 5, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Zoom 
Dial-in audio: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 686 458 2044
Participant ID: provided upon log in

The Commission reviews projects to determine what conditions, if any, the Commission will impose in order to protect the interests of the public and private water supply, groundwater, prevention of pollution, flood control, prevention of storm damage, protection of fisheries and land containing shellfish, and protection of wildlife habitat. View Full Agenda*

Neighborhood Agenda Item #5

40 Channel Center Street (Barlow's building) Notice of Intent for DEP File No. 006-XXXX and BOS File No. 2022-XXX from Bohler Engineering on behalf 40 Channel Center Street Boston LLC for the electric utility upgrades, including an above ground, pad mounted electric transformer and associated conduit connections and the construction of storm water drainage systems located at 40 Channel Center St, Boston, MA (LSCSF) 

Discussion regarding the waterfront restoration area plan required by the Enforcement Order issued to LCTB Fort Point LLC for work located at 253 Summer St, South Boston, MA  

If there are any items you wish to provide public comments on, please provide them ahead of the hearing if possible. If you have any comments or questions you wish to raise throughout the hearing, you can "raise your hand" or type your question via the Zoom meeting platform. If you are calling in and cannot use the platform, you can "raise your hand" by pressing *9, send your questions to staff via email at CC@boston.gov, or via Twitter by tagging the Twitter handle @BostonEnviro using the hashtag #ConComHearing. If you intend to submit questions or comments, please make sure to identify yourself for the record.

*Please note that the agenda is subject to change up to 48 hours prior to the hearing.

Helpful Tip: You can zoom in periodically to see where a particular agenda item is on the schedule.

originally published 12.23.21

Friday, December 31, 2021

Counting Down To 2022: Festivities Start At Noon Friday

Start your countdown to 2022 with an Ice Sculpture Stroll along the waterfront, First Night activities inland and fireworks on the Common at 7pm followed by fireworks over the Harbor at midnight. 

New Year's Eve Ice Sculpture Stroll

Boston Harbor Now's signature Waterfront Ice Sculpture Stroll is back! Get ready to count down to 2022 with over TWO DOZEN ice sculptures (a new record!) hosted by businesses and cultural sites across the waterfront.

Join the Boston Fire Museum, Boston Pilots, Massport Fire Rescue, Mass State Police and US Coast Guard for a Touch-A-Truck experience from 12pm - 4pm outside the Envoy Hotel. 

Don your winter boots and start strolling during this FREE, fun, and safe waterfront excursion. A lineup of over two dozen unique ice sculptures will be on display from 1:00pm – dusk on December 31, 2021.


Ice sculptures are located close to transit stations across all major subway lines.  Visit Courthouse (Silver Line), Aquarium (Blue Line), Maverick (Blue Line), Haymarket (Green / Orange Lines) or South Station (Red Line) for a short walk to ice sculptures and the Boston Harborwalk. Check out the MBTA website for service information. 

Visit the Boston Harbor Now event page for all the information on covid safety guidelines.

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season, and the beginning of a new year. In keeping with this fantastic Boston tradition, the First Night celebration will open 2022 with an array of performances. Bundle up. All indoor programming directly maintained by First Night has been moved outdoors this year. Per the City’s indoor masking mandate, masks will be required for indoor concerts at partner churches, and are recommended when in large crowds outdoors. It is also strongly recommended that attendees are vaccinated.  

Performances start Friday, December 31, 2021 at noon. View full schedule.

The Whittier St. Health Center will run a mobile vaccination and booster clinic from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. on Copley Square (near the Bostix booth) and will be open to all members of the public who are eligible, including children. Following that, BPHC will be providing vaccinations and boosters from 7:00pm  -11:00pm in the Boston Public Library for people ages 12+. 

First Night will include a family fireworks show at the Boston Common at 7:00 pm. 

FOCCP Brings Midnight New Year's Eve Fireworks to Boston Harbor!

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park led the effort to bring back the nearly 40-year tradition of Midnight New Year's Eve fireworks to the Boston Harbor, which is possible because of the generous support from local businesses, waterfront organizations, and the City of Boston. Public viewing is free and available along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier, Christopher Columbus Park, and the East Boston waterfront.

A lineup of more than a dozen unique ice sculptures will be on display from 1:00pm – dusk on December 31, 2021. Keep your eyes open for a whimsical "Snow Ball Fight" on the Harborwalk along Columbus Park. 

More details.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

MassDOT Neighborhood Capital Transformation Year End Review

The Red Line Transformation (RLT) team recently completed the installation of the Red Line Test Track and Vehicle testing Facility. Additional upgrades to Red Line signals and to the Cabot Yard and Vehicle Maintenance Facility will continue into 2022 and will ultimately result in increased safety, reliability, and capacity for Red Line riders.

Red Line Test Track Project 100% Complete, Check out the video.

  • The new Red Line vehicle testing facility is now complete. The new facility is the final part of the Red Line Test Track project.
  • With the Red Line Test Track project complete, new Red Line vehicles can be delivered, tested, and commissioned more quickly and efficiently.


The Red Line Test Track project included three improvements:

  • Replacing freight tracks with Red Line-compatible tracks and a third rail
  • Installing a new mobile traction power substation with improved data connectivity
  • Constructing a new vehicle testing facility

The new test track was built next to Cabot Yard (near Broadway station), allowing easy access for vehicle deliveries.

The test track connects to the vehicle testing facility, where crews will commission the new Red Line vehicles built in Springfield, MA.

With these projects complete, the new vehicles will be tested in a dedicated space without interfering with regular maintenance or competing for access on the mainline with regular service.

Red Line Capital Investment Project Overview: The Red Line fleet will be entirely replaced with modern, more efficient, more spacious vehicles by 2024.

 Contract awarded: 2014
 Projected completion: 2024
 Budget: $1 billion (total value for Red Line and Orange Line new vehicles)
 Status: One new train added to the fleet; more in production

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Stay Healthy: Free Covid 19 At-Home Rapid Test Kits

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise among Boston residents, at-home rapid tests are an important strategy to protect friends and family from exposure and help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Starting today, the Boston Public Health Commission is pleased to offer free rapid at-home test kits at designated community sites across the city. Anyone who drops by a pickup site can take up to one kit (which includes two tests) for each member of their household per visit. Supplies are limited and BPHC is currently working to send additional kits to sites; in the meantime, residents are encouraged to call before stopping by a location.

In South Boston, you may pick up rapid at-home test kits at the Boston Public Library located at 646 East Broadway.

More information on the home test kits distribution timeline, pickup sites, and usage of the kits can be found here.



Community based organizations or service providers who work directly with communities or populations at heightened risk are encouraged to submit proposals for assistance in distributing test kits in the community. Supplies are limited and priority will be given to proposals that address race and place-based inequities in COVID-19 spread and testing access. More information can be found and proposals can be submitted here.

 

Please help spread the word about these kits and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Abeer Khatana at Boston Public Health Commission at akhatana@bphc.org or 401-218-7700.

Monday, December 20, 2021

ReelHouse Oyster Bar Seaport 12/20 (new date) Abutters Meeting

updated 12/15/21: The rescheduled date is Monday, December 20th at 6pm

The will be an Abutters Meeting for Reelhouse Oyster Bar located at 10 Waterside Drive (underneath the steps of the Fan Pier Pavilion on the Harborwalk):

Monday, December 20, 2021 (originally 12/7*)
6:00 pm
Zoom Link:
https://princelobel.zoom.us/j/83473862327?pwd=Zmk1bmJuMFFLYXdmbnVFWWZFS1lXUT09
Meeting ID: 834 7386 2327; Passcode: 789709
Phone Access: (646) 558-8656

Reelhouse Oyster Bar is requesting a 7 day all alcohol license and an 1am closing indoors and outdoors. 

Premise consisting of +/- 1,857 SF: On ground floor in one main room with bar area, bar dining area, and chef bar. Kitchen, storage, and restrooms located to left of bar and dining areas. Main entrance located on end of pier with one additional entrance/exit to right of bar and dining area and one additional entrance/ exit located at rear off bar and dining area. Three annual outdoor patios consisting of +/- 1,058 SF located on private property (same hours) . Additionally, Applicant seeks to remove existing conditions on prior Licensee. Thomas Baird Ferguson, Manager. 

The public is welcome to attend.

*Due to technical issues with the City's Webex platform, the original meeting on December 7th had to be postponed.

originally published 12.6.21

Friday, December 17, 2021

Boston City Council: 2021 Legislative Year Is Over


On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, the Council held their last legislative Council meeting of the year. At the start of the meeting, the Council was joined by Mayor Wu, who presented outgoing Councilors Campbell, Essaibi-George, Janey and O’Malley with gifts and words of praise and gratitude for their commitment to the City of Boston.


After their regular order of business, each member of the Council expressed heartfelt remarks and good wishes to the departing Councilors and in turn the outgoing Councilors said their “good-byes” and shared stories of their time on the Body.

To view this week’s Council meeting and hear remarks click here. Starting January 3, 2022, the Council will be joined by four new members, who will take the oath of office and continue the work within the City. 


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Friday, December 10, 2021

Toy Drive At BCEC This Weekend

 State Representative David Biele invites you to join him this weekend for a

DRIVE-THRU TOY DRIVE
Saturday, December 11, 2020 
Sunday, December 12, 2020
10 am - 1 pm



Unwrapped toys for ages 0 to 15 years old can be dropped off at Boston Civic and Exhibition Center (BCEC) loading dock. Enter via the South entrance off of Cypher Street. Containers will be on site for contactless drop-off. 

Donated toys will go to neighborhood children this holiday season 

Looking for gift ideas? The South Boston MOMS Club, one of the participating community partners, put together a toy drive list (including board games, books, arts and crafts, planes, dinosaurs, dolls), which should give ideas. It is not an exhaustive list of items for children aged 0 to 15.  

If you are looking to buy locally, Porter Square Books carries a selection of children's books and young adult books. Porter Square Books is located within GrubStreet at 50 Liberty Dr. 

Any questions?  Email Neighbort2NeighborToyDrive@gmail.com




    












originally published 12.06.21

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Fort Point Landmarks December 2021 Meeting

 updated 12/9/21 with available presentations

The FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, December 9, 2021
6:00 PM

This hearing will be held virtually and NOT in person. 
You can participate in this hearing by going to the Zoom meeting link 
or by calling 929-205-6099 and entering meeting id  845 0423 1578# 
You can also submit written comments or questions to FortPointLDC@boston.


I.  DESIGN REVIEW HEARING

APP # 22.0422 FPC  343 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant: Maria Mercier
Proposed Work: Install new signage

APP # 22.0422 FPC 46 FARNSWORTH STREET
Applicant: Sergio Guzman
Proposed Work: Install new signage on windows, install new blade sign

APP # 22.0547 FPC 321 SUMMER STREET
Applicant: Paul Feeney
Proposed Work: Replace existing two (2) rooftop condensing units in-kind.

APP # 22.0627 FPC 11 SLEEPER STREET
Applicant: Phillip Marcotty & phase 3 development
Proposed Work: Replace existing transformer and concrete pad.

APP # 22.0527 FPC 332 CONGRESS STREET
Applicant:: Donna Bennett
Proposed Work: Remove ornamental steel arch, add new detailing and lighting to recessed building entry. At the entry, remove existing tenant signage and replace with new at upper storefront bays. Replace awnings and backlit sign with transom windows. Replace entry doors.

APP # 22.0628 FPC 40 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Applicant: Nicole Hathaway
Proposed Work: Install new roof deck and new rooftop equipment, extend fire escape to roof, install new transformer, install new storm water infiltration system, remove existing signage. See additional items under Administrative Review

II. Administrative Review/ Approval: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building's appearance, to commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing. 

APP # 22.0628 FPC 40 CHANNEL CENTER STREET
Proposed Work: Replace existing roof, refinish wood storefront and minor restoration at stairs at A Street entry, renovate elevator exterior entrance. See additional items under Design Review

III. Ratification of 10/14/2021 Public Hearing Minutes

IV. Staff Updates

V. Projected Adjournment: 8:30PM


FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy