Trying to limit the amount of people visiting the Arnold Arboretum, parking is no longer allowed around the perimeter of the oldest arboretum in the country. The parking ban begins Friday, April 10, and only marked handicap parking will be allowed. All other street parking, particularly along the Arborway and Bussey Street, will be temporarily eliminated. City, state and arboretum officials suggested taking these parking restrictions into consideration and to avoid hours of peak visitation, 4 to 7 pm on weekdays and 2 pm to 7 pm on weekends, according to the arboretum's website. An arboretum press release also stressed that anyone going through the arboretum landscape must wear a mask or facial covering -- pedestrians, runners, cyclists, unicyclists, and everyone else.
As you would expect Lilac Sunday, the beloved Mothers Day celebration at the Arnold Arboretum has been cancelled. The Arnold Arboretum posted about the cancellation:
In keeping with CDC and Harvard COVID-19 guidelines for large gatherings, the Arnold Arboretum is canceling Lilac Sunday 2020. All formal activities such as tours, family crafts and science, and performances scheduled for Sunday, May 10 are canceled. Picnics will not be allowed on this or any day. But Coronavirus or no Coronavirus, the lilacs will bloom as usual from late April into late May.
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Children beware -- do not go to playgrounds -- because (at least one) is closed until further notice. Recognizing they are little germ factories with little hands touching surfaces over and over again -- the state nailed a sign up at the Call Street playground saying that it is closed until further notice. The sign appeared on Monday at the playground in Jamaica Plain, which many children refer to as "the train playground" because it overlooks the train tracks between Green Street and Forest Hills.
Like the rest of the world, Boston, and specifically Jamaica Plain is greatly being affected by COVID-19. Here are just some of the events and ways the Coronavirus is affecting our area:
Egleston Square Main Street canceled their annual meeting and networking breakfast for March 13. "We will miss seeing you, eating Exodus Bagels, Third Cliff Bakery treats, and Coco Verde Vegan mangú with you; drinking Ula Café coffee with you; and hearing DJ MACHO emcee with you. In the meantime, it’s now more important than ever to support all of those and other great local businesses in Egleston Square. So visit, call, order, and book.