A community walk through The Port neighborhood to learn about Cambridge’s black and brown history is the sole in-person event planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the second to be celebrated during the pandemic. But there is more going on through Thursday, and all the events are free.
While there’s been a high rate of student absences since the end of a winter break that saw a surge in coronavirus cases, many school district staff are also in isolation due to Covid, including nurses and medical aides, putting additional pressure on administrators and staff.
The Cambridge Housing Authority has begun requiring employees who work in person to test themselves for coronavirus just before they start work, and it may have paid big dividends in preventing transmission of the virus. The requirement relies on employer-provided rapid antigen tests.
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.