Eliminating self-serve coffee stations, having no more than four people in an elevator at one time, and other best public health practices are part of the city's recommended strategies to return to places of work. "Our first and foremost priority in making available these guidelines is to empower businesses and employers to act now and put in place safety precautions and protocols before beginning to reopen," said Mayor Marty Walsh. On Thursday the city announced guidance and operational recommendations for businesses, employers and commercial landlords to consider as part of their return-to-work strategies for office workplaces. These are not regulations, but additional considerations to supplement state and federal mandates around building and property management. Areas such as social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operations, and cleaning and disinfecting, are specific to Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's phased reopening plan.
After 24 years of being a local bed and breakfast off Centre Street, the Taylor House announced the business is closing, and that the owners are selling the two houses of the inn. In an email to customers the proprietors Dave Elliott and Daryl Bichel addressed the B&B's closure:
"After years of competition from AirB&B and recent substantial losses due to the pandemic, we have found it necessary to sell our two houses. This was a very difficult decision, as we have many good memories associated with our 24 years in business - friendships, joyous events, concerts, dinners and more. We're grateful for your patronage." Then they asked for possible buyer referrals on the two large houses: 50 Burroughs St., 9 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms; and 3 Agassiz Park, 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms.
The Brookside Community Health Center is offering free, no questions asked COVID-19 tests in its parking area. Gustavo Quiroga shared what his experience was like to get a test. The health center located at 3297 Washington St., is offering free testing Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. And yes, it is the nostril swab test that you may have heard about. And contrary to some places around the country where you have to wait days, Quiroga only had to wait 48 hours for his results.
Boston Scores, one of Boston Public School’s largest afterschool programs, has committed to distribute up to 5,000 non-surgical face masks to the students and families they serve. With the donation of masks, Jamaica Plain based Boston Scores is helping to meet one of the community’s most pressing health needs. Many of the students that Boston Scores serve live in family and community circumstances that are highly vulnerable: they lack financial security for unexpected expenses, they do not possess affordable and accessible healthcare, and they have few options to proactively minimize the economic and health risks of this pandemic. With PPE equipment in short supply, Boston Scores was able to reallocate a portion of its operating funding to purchase more than 5,000 masks to help its students and families to safely go outdoors, run errands and pursue other essential activities. The offer has been greatly appreciated by the community and more than half of the masks have already been allocated to schools and community partners in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods.
El Oriental de Cuba, Midway Cafe, and The Video Underground, are just of several well-known and popular Jamaica Plain businesses that received money from the city's Small Business Relief Fund. The city gave $2 million to 561 small businesses, as part of the initial money distributed from the relief fund. Small businesses in Jamaica Plain received a total of $250,000 as of May 22. Once approved businesses started receiving grants on April 24, and grants are distributed each week as businesses submit and finalize required documentation. The city denoted that small businesses to receive the fund must have fewer than 35 employees, less than $1.5 million in annual revenue, and registered and operating in good standing with the city.