Somerville’s Senior Buildings Ordered to Share COVID-19 Safety Plans

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Today Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Board of Health issued an order requiring senior housing facilities to share existing COVID-19 safety plans or formally create plans and policies aimed at increasing the safety of and maximizing the protection of their residents, who may be at higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, as well as building staff. Building management must submit these plans within 48 hours of receiving the order.

COVID-19 Update for 4/21/20 and Updates on Applying for Unemployment

Tuesday, April 21, 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 21. Please also be sure to check for information and resources that are updated frequently.

Mayor Curtatone's Statement on School Remaining Closed Through End of Academic Year

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 "We know this isn't easy for anyone, but it is what we must do to protect the health of the entire society around us." I fully support Governor Baker's decision to keep Massachusetts schools closed for the remainder of the school year. It is the only sensible decision as we find ourselves in the surge phase of this pandemic. We simply cannot secure public health at this time by sending thousands of students, teachers, and staff back to school in our community.

Mt. Pleasant Senior Apartments in Somerville Placed Under Mandatory Quarantine

Saturday, April 18, 2020 Residents of the Mt. Pleasant senior apartment building in Somerville have been placed under a mandatory minimum 14-day quarantine after eight cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at the residence. The quarantine order, issued Saturday, April 18, by Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Board of Health, goes into effect immediately. The 65-unit building houses seniors aged 62 and older and persons under age 62 with disabilities who are income-eligible. 

Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund Announced

Saturday, April 18, 2020 Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone today announced the launch of a $1 million Somerville Small Business COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide financial support of up to $10,000 to Somerville small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by existing and pending federal Community Development Block Grant monies, support will be available to food establishments and other small, independent, locally-owned businesses impacted by forced closures during the crisis. 

Somerville Cares COVID-19 Relief Fund Launches

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 "I’m asking anyone who is fortunate enough right now to have something extra to share, to please donate to help the families, neighbors, and displaced workers in our community who are facing serious and urgent needs. Your generosity has never been so needed or appreciated.” –Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone A Joint Effort of the City of Somerville, the United Way, and the Community Action Agency of Somerville

Start of Street Sweeping Delayed Until May 4 and Updates on Other City Services

Saturday, April 11, 2020 The start of street sweeping in Somerville has been delayed by two weeks to Monday, May 4. Normally, street sweeping takes place from April 1 until December 31. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 emergency, we will decide if the delay will be extended and share that information as it becomes available. Below are updates on other City services while City buildings are closed:

Somerville Expands 311 Services With New COVID-19 Community Support Team

Friday, April 10, 2020 Today the City of Somerville’s 311 Constituent Services Division launched a new initiative to provide constituents with access to one-on-one expert guidance during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The COVID-19 Community Support Team, an extension of 311 Constituent Services, is made up of more than 20 volunteers with specialized knowledge and expertise in healthcare and/or social support services available to people and businesses affected by the pandemic.

Mayor Curtatone's Statement on Somerville's First Coronavirus-Related Death (April 2, 2020)

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Tragically, this morning we got word of the first coronavirus-related death in Somerville. My first thoughts go out to the family and friends of the deceased. Words cannot encompass the pain of your loss, but know that I share your grief. I suspect everyone else in the city will be joining me as they hear this news. Even though we're all socially distanced from each other, thousands of people will be feeling the sadness of your loss in their hearts.

3/31/20 COVID-19 Update and Information on the CARE Act

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Below is a message sent through the Somerville, MA Community Alert System. To sign up for alerts by phone, email, or text, click here. Dear Community Members, Here is a COVID-19 update for March 31, 2020. We know many community members are experiencing financial hardships due to the crisis. Below you’ll find a list of support that the new $2 trillion CARE Act may be able to offer you, your business, or your employer.

Somerville’s Bridge Hopper Shuttles to Suspend Service Starting April 1

Monday, March 30, 2020 The Somerville Bridge Hopper, the City’s free shuttle service to help residents navigate Green Line Extension construction detours, will suspend operations effective April 1, 2020, until further notice. The Bridge Hopper shuttles have served riders near both the Broadway and Washington Street bridges since April 2019. This suspension is intended to preserve the public health and safety of shuttle drivers and passengers during the COVID-19 crisis.