Public meetings this week look at independent counsel for elected officials, renter credit checks and the city’s winter expenses; design review on two lab buildings that will begin transforming the CambridgeSide mall; the city’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic; and an interim schools superintendent.
Amid rising Covid-19 cases in Cambridge, more than one-quarter of new infections in the city last week were students and others connected with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With coronavirus variants making up more infections, the city is mulling a variant test for its sewage.
Cambridge is freezing its coronavirus reopening where it is, going for a “cautious and measured approach to activities and industries permitted” despite saying in a Monday email that “the ongoing rollout of the commonwealth’s vaccination plan is encouraging.”
Local health agencies in most of the state’s emergency planning regions, including the one covering Cambridge, are voicing a rare protest against a decision by the Gov. Charlie Baker administration to reduce the local role in Covid-19 vaccinations in favor of mass vaccination sites.