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