The First Baptist Church recently received a $100,000 grant from Mass General Brigham to grow its sit down meals and food deliveries service. When COVID hit, First Baptist could no longer provide meals inside its location, said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird. "We said, let's deliver to them. It was two meals a week, which quickly became three meals," said Wiest-Laird. Soon they were providing three meals a week up to 300 households in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Roslindale, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and more.
The owners of Bella Luna and The Haven recently announced a new collaboration to reopen Bella Luna's space at the Brewery Complex and call it The Haven at the Brewery. "Together we will be re-opening a restaurant, events and music space at the Brewery after the pandemic forced Bella Luna and the Milky Way to close in March of 2020," said Kathie Mainzer. The Haven's owner, Jason Waddleton will be the general manager and operating partner. The Bella Luna Restaurant and the Milky Way Lounge closed in June 2020 due to the pandemic. Later than month the owners created a GoFundMe to pay off debts and assist former employees.
Face masks will be required for anyone age two and up in all indoor public settings in Boston beginning 8 am on August 27th. Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced the public health order issued by the Boston Public Health Commission on August 20 as part of a plan for the Delta variant, a more contagious COVID-19 variant that is now the primary strain of the virus. Janey stressed that the city is proactively implementing this health order ahead of the thousands of returning college students from all over the world, and before 50,000 students return to Boston Public Schools. The majority of most of the 100,000 children who live in Boston are too young to be eligible to be vaccinated. “There is nothing more important than Boston’s safe recovery, reopening, and renewal from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Janey.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced on Thursday that all city employees must report their COVID-19 vaccination status or submit to weekly testing. But the testing mandate will be phased in during two months. The updated policy applies to all city employees, onsite contractors and volunteers who provide services onsite at city worksites. That includes all full-time, part-time, seasonal, emergency and probationary workers. The requirement to report one's vaccination status doesn't begin until August 30, when employees can begin to upload their vaccination verification information into the Vaccination Verification online portal.
The Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center is hosting a free Back to School COVID-19 Vaccination clinic for anyone 12 years old and older on August 9th. The clinic is a partnership of the Boston Public Health Commission, Brookside Community Health Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Mobile Vaccine Van team. The Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center is located at 10B Green St. The clinic will be available noon to 7 pm, and there will be giveaways, including school supplies, ice cream, and more. This event is not just for patients, but for anyone in the community.