Information Session and Public Hearing on FY2021 Water and Sewer Rates, June 11

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The City of Somerville will hold a virtual information session and public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 water and sewer rates on Thursday, June 11. The information session will start at 6 p.m. and the public hearing will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Anyone who would like to testify is welcome to attend. Written testimony will also be accepted until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

City Seeking Members for Boards and Commissions

Monday, June 1, 2020
The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on essential boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for community members with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. The Mayor’s office will be accepting applications for the open positions through Monday, July 31, 2020. Planning Board

Statement from Mayor Curtatone on the Killing of George Floyd

Saturday, May 30, 2020
This week I was outraged, saddened, and then outraged again by the killing of George Floyd, who died begging for his life as a police officer knelt on his neck. Mr. Floyd joins the far too long list of black Americans who have been killed because they were black. The circumstances surrounding the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others were different but the root cause was the same - racism. 

Somerville City Buildings to Remain Closed to the Public

Friday, May 29, 2020
City buildings will remain closed to the public beyond Monday, June 1. In the coming weeks, some City offices may begin to reopen for in-person business. More details will be shared as they become available. As a reminder, all City-sponsored and permitted events are canceled through the end of the year. Many City services are still available online and 311 is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or for service requests. You can find more information on the City’s COVID-19 response at

Collaborative Process Between City & Local Proprietors Sets Higher Safety Standards and June 1 Reopening Date for Somerville Salons & Barber Shops

Friday, May 29, 2020
After a collaborative effort by Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, local salon and barbershop owners, the Somerville Board of Health, and City staff, a reopening timeline and safety requirements are now in place for Somerville hair service providers. Establishments will be allowed to reopen on June 1 on the condition that they submit compliant safety plans to the City, follow all safety requirements in the State’s reopening plan, and, until further notice, do not offer blow-drying.

Somerville Announces Additional $1.5 Million for Rental Assistance

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone today announced an additional $1.5 million in rental assistance for Somerville residents experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding, which is provided by the federal CARES Act, will be distributed to local nonprofits to support rental assistance for low- and moderate-income households.

Memorialization Committee Seeks Two Resident Members

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The City of Somerville’s newly formed Memorialization Committee, which will name public assets like buildings, streets, and parks, is accepting applications for two resident positions. The Committee will also develop policies and procedures to follow when choosing names. The committee will meet when needed to name a public asset and meetings could begin as early as this summer. Appointees will serve a two-year term and must be confirmed by the City Council.

COVID-19 Update for 5/23/2020, Memorial Day Information, and Free Testing

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Below is a message from the Somerville, MA Community Alert System. Sign up to receive these updates by email, text, or phone.   Dear Community Members, Here is a COVID-19 update for Saturday, May 23. Please also be sure to check for information and resources that are updated frequently.

City’s Shared Streets Pilot to Begin Next Month; Additional Measures Planned to Aid Contactless Pickup and Social Distancing

Saturday, May 23, 2020
In late May, the City of Somerville will begin a Shared Streets pilot program in an effort to provide more walking and biking routes that allow for social distancing. Routes will connect residents to essential services like food distribution sites, medical facilities, and grocery stores. The Shared Streets initiative opens up low-volume or residential side-streets to pedestrians, cyclists, and other users while still allowing vehicle access for residents of the street, first responders, delivery drivers, sanitation trucks, and street sweepers.

Somerville Sets Official Schedule for First Phase of Reopenings

Thursday, May 21, 2020
After a review of Governor Charlie Baker’s phased reopening plan, the City of Somerville has set a Monday, June 1, start for on-premises businesses such as manufacturing, offices, and certain personal services. The extra time added by the City will allow for new local case numbers to continue their steady decline and for COVID-19 testing efforts to be expanded both in number and with a new mobile testing unit.

Somerville’s Health Emergency Will Remain in Place Beyond May 18th

Friday, May 15, 2020
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that the citywide state of emergency due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus will continue beyond Monday, May 18. Currently closed or restricted businesses and activities will remain suspended until restarting according to existing or forthcoming City-issued reopening schedules. The City’s suspension of all City-sponsored or -permitted events is now also officially extended through the end of the year.

Virtual Town Hall Series to Discuss COVID-19 Starts 5/12

Friday, May 8, 2020
Join us for a series of virtual town hall meetings with Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone where you can learn about local COVID-19 impacts and the City's response. Five meetings are planned - one geared toward a general audience and four tailored to specific communities. Residents can participate and watch in a range of ways:

Enjoy Local Musicians at CouchFest, 5/9

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The Somerville Arts Council wasn’t going to let spring go by without PorchFest, but to keep everyone healthy and safe this year, it will be CouchFest! On Saturday, May 9, from noon to 6 p.m., you can tune in to live and pre-recorded performances from local musicians right from your couch. To find out who is performing and when, visit this year’s CouchFest map at

COVID-19 Update for 4/28/20 and Free COVID-19 Testing in Somerville

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Below is a message from the Somerville, MA Community Alert System. Sign up to receive these updates by email, text, or phone. Dear Community Members, Here is a COVID-19 update for Tuesday, April 28. Please also be sure to check for information and resources that are updated frequently.

Somerville Cares Fund Applications Now Available

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Applications for support are now being accepted for the donation-funded Somerville Cares Fund jointly launched by Mayor Joe Curtatone, the United Way, and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS). The Somerville Cares Fund will provide emergency financial assistance to individuals and families during the COVID-19 public health crisis to meet needs such as food, housing, medicine, funeral costs, and other essential expenses. 

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone Launches COVID-19 Mitigation Plan with Community-Wide Testing, Tracking, Contact Tracing, and Safe Social Isolation Plan

Monday, April 27, 2020
“These first 3,500 tests are a good start, but you can be sure we will be advocating for more. No matter who you are or whether you have health coverage, you should have access to this kind of free testing.” –Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone A new community-wide COVID-19 mitigation program for testing, tracking, contact tracing, and safe social isolation for Somerville residents was announced today by Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) CEO Assaad Sayah, MD, and Doug Kress, of the Somerville Board of Health.