Despite what Cambridge’s chief public health officer called “uncontrolled transmission” of Covid-19, the city won’t require restaurants, fitness centers and other indoor public spaces to mandate Covid-19 vaccination for their customers and workers, as Boston and neighboring communities have done.
The city is heading toward creation of its own Department of Community Safety as a policing alternative for working with the unhoused, those living with mental illnesses and those with substance use disorders, rather than relying on a community-created nonprofit called the Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team.
The last orders of business from the full City Council for 2021 were attempts to grapple with a resurgent coronavirus, including an indoor mask mandate for common spaces of all buildings; a proof-of-vaccination requirement for activities and establishments such as indoor dining and gyms; and a call for many City Hall workers to be able to work remotely.
Public meetings this week look at achieving greenhouse gas elimination goals through better construction methods, helping minority-led cannabis businesses finally open, acting superintendent Victoria Greer’s “entry plan” for schools, MXD and Alexandria plans in Kendall Square, potentially momentous changes to parking … and some ice cream.
Official results change nothing except numbers for 2021 ballot questions and election outcomes (updated)
Election Commissioners completed a count of provisional and overseas absentee ballots on Friday, making official the results from Nov. 2. Those elected to the City Council and School Committee didn’t change, and three ballot questions changing the city charter were approved by wide margins.
Public meetings this week look at bike lane installation issues, a freeze on labs and offices around Alewife, a new universal playground at Danehy Park, a bunch of potential landmarking and property tear-downs, raising developer linkage fees, redesigning Cambridge Street and much more.