Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #270
Order Adopted as Amended
Nov 23, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager confer with the Metro Mayor’s Association to close indoor dining, gyms, casinos and other non-essential indoor activities as soon as possible and That the City Manager, Community Development Department, the Economic Development Division, the Assessing Department and other relevant City Departments organize a small business and restaurant relief program that will assist during this second shutdown and our efforts to stop community spread of COVID-19 and keep schools open.

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR TOOMEY IN COUNCIL NOVEMBER 16, 2020

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WHEREAS:

Citywide, Cambridge businesses, the Cambridge Public Health Department and Cambridge Public Schools have implemented protective measures and strategies to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 throughout the community; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Though these protective measures have kept Cambridge COVID-19 positivity rates lower than neighboring cities, Cambridge’s positive cases do continue to increase daily; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Epidemiologists recommend targeted interventions to stop the spread of COVID-19 to keep schools open; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Epidemiologists recommend closing bars, casinos and gyms, and other non-essential business activities to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a way to keep schools open; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Research suggests a strong correlation between indoor activities and the rise of COVID-19 community spread; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Indoor activities are contributing to the rise in cases in Cambridge, getting our metrics dangerously close to closing schools and resuming remote only learning again; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

We must take action to stop the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep our schools open and prioritize our scholars and their educations as we navigate through the next phase of the public health crisis; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Our efforts must be part of a regional response in order to not unfairly penalize Cambridge restaurants and small businesses; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager confer with the Metro Mayors’ Association to temporarily restrict high risk indoor activities, such as indoor dining and gyms, and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager, Community Development Department, the Economic Development Division, the Assessing Department and other relevant City Departments organize a relief program to assist and financially support businesses affected by these temporary closures.

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager and all relative Departments, begin meeting immediately with the business community and the Covid-19 Expert Advisory Panel to discuss what interventions can be universally implemented to make indoor business activities safer.

 

Meeting History

Nov 16, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

RESULT:CHARTER RIGHTNext: 11/23/2020 5:30 PM
Nov 23, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED [7 TO 1]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, Quinton Zondervan
NAYS:Timothy J. Toomey
ABSENT:E. Denise Simmons