Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #65
Order Adopted
Mar 23, 2020 5:30 PM

The City of Cambridge has declared a Health Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That the City Manager and the Chief Public Health Officer immediately execute a ‘Stay at Home’ order for the City of Cambridge

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

As of March 23, 17 Cambridge residents had tested positive for COVID-19, more

than doubling the known cases in 4 days, with many more cases expected due to sustained

community spreading of the virus; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has declared a Health Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In the last week, the City of Cambridge has led the way in the fight against COVID-19 and enacted several policies including the closures of hair, tanning and nail salons, barber shops, gyms, tattoo and body-piercing studios and more, as well as closed municipal buildings and schools, tot lots, basketball courts, and tennis courts, and playgrounds,  in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has a current global death toll of over 15,000; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

As we have reached a critical tipping point, local hospitals are already seeing an increase in cases of COVID-19, and are in danger of being overwhelmed, which will result in an unprecedented demand on medical personnel and supplies, ultimately leading to many more deaths as we have seen in other countries; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council has received reports that residents are still not practicing medically advised physical distancing, particularly in grocery stores, public parks, pick-up food establishments; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

On March 23, Governor Baker ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state and issued a “stay-at-home” advisory, beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at noon, effective until April 7, 2020 at noon; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

‘Stay at Home’ orders are critical interventions which have been instituted across the United States; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A ‘Stay at Home’ order would not apply to those going to work in an essential business; now therefore be it;

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager and the Chief Public Health Officer immediately execute a ‘Stay at Home’ order for the City of Cambridge; and

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager work with the appropriate city departments to ensure that proper social distancing is being practiced by all shoppers at essential businesses that remain open, including by those procuring items for delivery orders; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That this order goes into effect no later than Tuesday, March 24th at noon.

 

Meeting History

Mar 23, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan