Beth Teitell calls them “mask holes.” I’ve been referring to them as “covidiots.”
But we’re talking about the same thing, those members of the public who scoff
covering their face in public.
The mask wars
isn't just a science-defying red state/blue state issue. Sometimes it's apolitical selfishness.
As Tietell writes in the Globe
mask hostility is especially a problem for many restaurants, where workers struggle to stay safe and owners fear a second COVID shut-down here could
force them to close forever.
“I see grown-ups, with a kind of smirking defiance, walk maskless through our restaurant, or dangle their masks under their chin or below their noses,
or not bother with them at all,” chef Jody Adams wrote in an oped quoted by the Globe.
Gov. Charlie Baker mandated face coverings back in May
(for everyone over two, unless you have a medical condition).
Non-compliance carries a penalty of $300 but have there been any fines issued anywhere in the Commonwealth?
Regional ballot initiative deserves a shot
Many of the state’s largest business associations have come out against
a proposal to allow local municipalities to raise local taxes for transportation needs, the Globe’s Jon Chesto is reporting.
But the idea sounds intriguing to me.
Tax increases would need voter approval, via a local referendum in one or multiple communities, before they could take effect. Increases could be imposed
on property, sales, auto excise, or lodging taxes, Chesto explains.
Greater Boston’s inner suburbs will succeed or fail on our ability to combat gridlock by reducing single occupancy vehicles. Having the ability to ask
voters in our communities to raise revenue to address specific projects could be just the tool we need.
The proposal is part of a transportation bond bill
scheduled for debate in the Senate tomorrow. Here's hoping it moves forward.
Apartment prices swoon in June
Rents for an apartment in Boston sank by nearly six percent in June, a sign that the apartment market has been more damaged by the effects of the coronavirus
pandemic than developers anticipated, Biznow reports
The data, from RealPage, suggests landlords are being forced to discount market-rate units below their listed price, something that would have seemed unthinkable
last year as Boston's housing prices soared. Average asking rent is now $2,346 per month, according to RealPage, still about $930 more than the national
Eater Boston is reporting
it shutting down all 42 locations, including at the Street in Chestnut Hill.
Wasabi at the Natick Mall (you know the place with the conveyor belt sushi) has also shut down
"The mandatory COVID closure just destroyed us," manager Jeffrey Miller tells the Framingham Source.
Resources we like to remind you about
- The Health Connector is hosting a webinar today (July 15) at 4 p.m. to help residents learn about their health coverage options. For more information
and registration. Details here.
- The MA Small Biz Reopening Guide is an online resource created through a partnership between Mass Growth Capital Corp. and Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corps.
The site helps businesses navigate available guidance and tools that will help them reopen safely and successfully.
- Small Business Strong is a public-private partnership that offers access to information, business advisors, and functional specialists to help small business navigate
the impacts of COVID-19.
- Businesses can find SBA Resource Partners (including Massachusetts Small Business Development Centers) through the Find Local Assistance Tool.
- MGCC offers resources for small businesses,
including translation support for PPP applications and technical assistance through the COVID-19 Small Business Stabilization Network.
Who’s behind those signs and those masks?
Have you been wondering about those “We thank you front line workers” signs that have been showing up all across Newton and occasionally other communities
Here’s the story behind the signs written by BU journalists
Yumeng Zhang and Yian Zhou for the Globe.
And here’s where you can order yours
with proceeds to benefit the Newton-Wellesley Hospital COVID-19 Fund, the Newton COVID-19 Care Fund, and the Newton Food Pantry.
See you tomorrow!
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber