‘Completely Unacceptable’ Says Mayor Wu About Hours-Long Lines at JP COVID Testing Center

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the hours-long wait for people to get tested at the Anna Cole Community Center was "completely unacceptable" on Sunday night.

Wu was responding to a tweet by Heshan Berents-Weeramumi, who was standing in line at 11:50 am when he was at the edge of the Stop & Shop Supermarket up Centre Street, past the Mildred Hailey Apartments, and past the Jackson Square MBTA stop.

Berents-Weeramumi was tweeting his frustration at Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, detailing his wait as he slowly progressed in line, and later tweeted at 3:13 pm that he had finally made it out of the testing site.


Wu said that she would huddle with her team right after the Boston City Council inauguration on Monday morning to expand testing and improve the experience at each site.

The long line on Sunday was not an outlier at the Cole Center. There have been very long lines for more than a week. 

The Mayor's Press Office told Jamaica Plain News last week that the city would be expanding testing sites in the city, but did not say they would increase the operation hours for the Cole Center.