This was a big week in the as we plan for a safe, phased re-opening for our residents. I want to assure you: we will continue to be guided by science and health data. We will not take action before we are ready. We’ll keep you informed every step of the way.

Boston stands together against injustice. Please join us tomorrow for a virtual prayer vigil in response to the acts of violence and racism in our country. We’ll begin the service at 12:30pm on

We started the Reopen Boston Fund so small businesses can keep their workers and customers safe during the reopening process. In every decision, the will continue to prioritize public health throughout the economic recovery.

’s immigrant community is essential to our recovery. We rely on their contributions to keep Boston running. That’s why we’re providing immigrants impacted by with emergency relief through the Boston Immigrant COVID-19 Collaborative.

Yesterday I announced our next steps in keeping residents safe throughout reopening. I talked about our decision, our plans for healthy public spaces, our support for immigrants, and the . Read my full remarks here:

Today is the deadline to apply for assistance to pay your heating bills in winter 2020. Please call 617-348-6599 to apply. Remember: during the Massachusetts State of Emergency, gas and electric utilities will not be shut off.

On Monday, June 1, office spaces in the can gradually reopen. We have best practices and recommendations available for businesses so they can minimize transmission and strive for maintaining their workers and customers' health.

Thank you to all of our liaisons for delivering care kits with essential items and multilingual information to residents across the neighborhoods. In the , we will always look out for one another.

In the , we have meal sites for youth and adults in every neighborhood. We have distributed over 1 mil meals and will continue to provide food during school closures. If you are in need of food, please check our map for hours and locations:

PWD crews continue with cleaning, sweeping and patching operations in the . Pics below from the , , , and the .

Every and charter school family will receive P-EBT assistance, $28.50 per child each week to be used at grocery stores. If you have any questions, please call 311.

While you and practice , please take time to fill out the 2020 Census. This is important because the funding and representation that receives depends on the character of our city.

Every resident and every neighborhood is impacted by the pandemic. Throughout our phased reopening, we will continue to assist Boston’s small businesses because we know our city’s wellbeing is at stake.

Congratulations to ’s Melanie Sola and Javon Graham on being the first students to earn Associate’s Degrees before graduating high school. I’m so proud of you and cannot wait to see all that you do.

If you are small businesses looking for guidance on safety and how to purchase PPE, visit here: .

Today, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. the Reopen Boston Fund will begin accepting applications. Small businesses in need of support to purchase the required tools to follow safety guidelines and PPE are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit here: .

It starts with expanding bus stops and bus lanes. We’re also building dedicated bike lanes. We also continue to study opportunities for opening up lanes to pedestrians on some neighborhood streets. You can find details at .

It’s to improve physical spacing in our neighborhoods. It’s to help workers and small businesses recover. And it’s also to continue the work we were doing before the crisis to make public space in Boston more safe, more accessible, and more healthy.

Today, I can also share our new steps to improve health and safety in public space. It’s a package of changes we’re calling .

Billy Boyle’s legacy will help keep that fighting spirit alive, for generations to come. My prayers are with his family and friends.

He helped found Charlestown Against Drugs, mobilizing a community against a crisis. Those are the kind of lessons he taught, that we are relying on today.

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