Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #121
Order Adopted
Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on efforts made to ensure that at least one accessible public building, with proper safety measures for social distancing and good hygiene, can be open during the summer for residents to cool down.

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has experienced heat waves in past years, with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit for several consecutive days; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In years past, we have many public buildings open to residents to cool down; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The current pandemic has shuttered many public buildings to comply with public health guidance and reduce the amount of people congregating near one another; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The public regularly uses libraries, senior centers and youth centers as cooling centers during extremely hot weather, but these locations are currently closed for public health reasons; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

DCR pools might reopen in the next phase of the State’s reopening plan, but these have not practical to some members of the public to cool down in years past, and might re-close if public health guidance requires it; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

With so many unknowns about the longevity of the pandemic throughout the summer, the City must factor in the need for safe cooling centers; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on efforts made to ensure that at least one accessible public building, with proper safety measures for social distancing and good hygiene, can be open during the summer for residents to cool down.

 

Meeting History

Jun 1, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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