COVID-19 Updates, Council Meeting, and Resources

Hi all,

The world keeps changing around us. There are incredible folks working around the clock in these unprecedented times. We owe them our gratitude – from front line health care workers to government folks at every level delivering services on which we depend to the farmers and food workers making sure we can eat, even if not together. We will do our best to keep you all informed. This email is short – focused on the COVID-19 crisis and available resources for folks who need them.

Stay safe, and give each other space as you navigate this new world.

Patty

City Council Meeting

  • Council will be meeting remotely for the foreseeable future
  • Read the meeting agenda here
  • Submit Public Comment for Cambridge City Council Meetings through Zoom Virtual Meetings. All information on how to use Zoom via computer or phone can be found here.

All public comment will be conducted through ZOOM virtual meetings. Please be aware that ZOOM is ONLY being used to allow public comment at the beginning of the City Council’s meeting. ZOOM will be deactivated when public comment has concluded. The meeting will continue to be available on cable and the Open Meeting Portal.

Updated Resources

  • The City of Cambridge and Food for Free set up the Cambridge Community Food Line, a food item delivery service for eligible Cambridge residents who are at high risk of food insecurity

  • Housing resources and frequently asked questions now available.

  • Cambridge launched a new project with the business community to support the homeless community during COVID-19 crisis

  • Cambridge is offering resources (food and housing) for seniors and homeless

  • Cambridge Mutual Aid is helping residents with needs big and small. Make any (anonymous) requests here

  • Cambridge’s emergency child care center is available for workers on the front lines of this outbreak. Located at Rock & Roll, 215 Prospect Street, offering child care Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

Governor Baker Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue 'Stay at Home' Advisory For Two Weeks

Today, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public from Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. Read more here.

This is a necessary step and I am glad Governor Baker called for it. Watch Dr. Emily Landon (from Illinois) explain why it is incredibly important that we follow orders. 

Give if you are able:

A call for medical equipment:

In partnership with the Mayor’s office and my colleagues on the council, we are collecting medical supplies – masks, gowns, and glasses/goggles – for the Cambridge Health Alliance. 

See the details here. If you have supplies but do not want to drop off, email pnolan@cambridgema.gov or mscarlett@cambridgema.gov your address and what you have and we will ensure the supplies get picked up from your porch.  We will go alone, use gloves and keep ourselves and you safe in collecting it.

A list of which local businesses are open/closed is now available and is being frequently updated. Please give them your support!

Our mailing address is:
Councilor Patty Nolan 
184 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA
02138