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Crighton pushing for tenant protections

BOSTON — State Sen. Brendan Crighton and fellow legislators are pushing a renters safeguard bill that prohibits “non-essential evictions” and late fees to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.

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Peabody now requiring face masks in public

By Anne Marie Tobin | April 17, 2020

PEABODY — The city of Peabody became the latest North Shore community requiring persons entering places of essential business, and employees of those businesses, to wear protective face coverings.

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Communities getting creative to encourage shopping local 

By David Mclellan | April 17, 2020

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s inevitable people will have to travel outside their homes for food, toiletries, and other supplies. Several local communities are hoping those trips will be to local businesses, not just the alluring big-box stores. 

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North Shore Music Theatre revamps 2020 season

BEVERLY — In response to ongoing developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes have been made in North Shore Music Theatre’s 2020 season.

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Tragedy and hope for nursing homes

By Richard C. Bane

To say these times are challenging in the nursing home business is the understatement of the millennium.

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Local coronavirus cases continue to rise

By Gayla Cawley and David Mclellan | April 16, 2020

The City of Lynn saw a 14 percent increase in its COVID-19 cases Wednesday, while Revere and Chelsea leaders announced a partnership to designate a hotel as a housing option for residents to safely recover from the coronavirus. 

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Lynnfield rolls out remote learning program

By Anne Marie Tobin | April 16, 2020

LYNNFIELD — The school district rolled out its new remote learning program last week to unify at-home education during coronavirus after providing students for the last month with lesson ideas and school resource information. 

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When churches’ doors closed, the dollars dwindled

By Thor Jourgensen | April 16, 2020

With 35 congregation members and a Spanish-speaking congregation for a tenant, Rev. Franklin Lowe is hoping and praying Cliftondale Church of the Nazarene can survive coronavirus.

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Social distancing presenting a challenge for grandparents

By Steve Krause | April 16, 2020

Candace Santoro says she feels isolated without being able to hold her first grandchild.

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Coronavirus guidelines vary by community

Lynn
Mask Protocol
Required for all citizens entering essential businesses, employees of essential businesses.

School Status
Schools closed through May 4

Curfew
Yes – Overnight curfew in effect from 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

Government Closings
City buildings including library as well as playgrounds.

Business Closings
Must follow governor’s March 23 essential business directive.

Construction Site Monitoring
Yes

Other Restrictions
Landlords and owners are prohibited from enforcing evictions upon residents and cannot access a resident’s living space for general inspections, displaying units, and other activities. Landlords may only access tenants’ living spaces for repairs requested by a resident and for life-threatening emergencies. Failure to comply with these orders carries a fine of up to $1000.

Lynnfield
Mask Protocol
Massachusetts public health advisory April 10 recommends a face covering

School Status
Schools closed through May 4

Curfew
No

Government Closings
Town Hall, library, senior center, parks and recreation facilities closed.

Business Closings
Maintain March 23 essential business protocol.

Construction Site Monitoring
No

Other Restrictions
Churches closed but Our Lady of the Assumption Church chapel open daily from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for private prayer. St. Maria Goretti closed except Wednesday 8:30 a.m.- noon for Eucharistic prayer.

Marblehead
Mask Protocol
Use of simple cloth face coverings as a voluntary public health measure in public settings.

School Status
Schools closed through May 4.

Curfew
No

Government Closings
Municipal buildings reduced staff, restricted access.

Business Closings
Town is enforcing state order that all nonessential businesses be closed and will issue fines of up to $300 per violation.

Construction Site Monitoring
Contact the Building Inspection Department by email.

Other Restrictions
Transfer station closed April 18. Causeway closed to all foot traffic Temporary No Parking posted in the areas of Ocean Avenue, Harbor Avenue, Flint Street and Beach Street.

Nahant
Mask Protocol
Residents are urged (but not required) to wear masks whenever they leave their houses.

School Status
Johnson School closed through May 4.

Curfew
No

Government Closings
All public buildings closed. Playgrounds closed.

Business Closings
Closings in compliance with state March 23 essential business order.

Construction Site Monitoring
Construction is going under social distancing guidelines set forth by Gov. Baker.

Other Restrictions
Parking lots closed. Open spaces (rec fields, beaches, trails, etc. are open for passive recreation only.

Peabody
Mask Protocol
Massachusetts public health advisory April 10 recommends face covering.

School Status
Schools closed through May 4

Curfew
No

Government Closings
City Hall closed with remote working and email contact. Required to adhere to Governor’s March 23 order with banks permitted to keep ATMs working.

Business Closings
N/A

Construction Site Monitoring
Check with Building Department for specific requirements. Torigian Senior Center closed but frozen meals delivery

Other Restrictions
N/A

Revere
Mask Protocol
Residents have been advised to wear face masks if they must leave their homes.

School Status
Schools closed through May 4.

Curfew
No, but a stay-at-home advisory has been issued through May 4, which allows residents to leave their homes only for essential trips.

Government Closings
City offices and buildings are closed to the public. City parks and playgrounds are closed to the public.

Business Closings
All non-essential businesses are closed. Counter businesses, such as bakeries and coffee shops, must either convert to an outdoor pick-up or drive-through model.

Construction Site Monitoring
All commercial construction has been put on hold.

Other Restrictions
No parking on Revere Beach Boulevard oceanside.

Saugus
Mask Protocol
State public health guidelines on social distancing and mouth, nose coverings in public should be maintained.

School Status
Schools closed through May 4.

Curfew
No

Government Closings
Town Hall, library, senior center are closed but town workers are on the job.

Business Closings
State essential business rules in force with 50-person on-premises limit and takeout encouraged.

Construction Site Monitoring
Construction workers required to check in with supervisors to determine protection compliance and job sites must make sanitizer, other protective equipment available.

Other Restrictions
Compost/recycling center closed. Social distancing limitations imposed in parks and playgrounds.

Swampscott
Mask Protocol
Masks required for all those entering essential business establishments such as grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants to pick up food, etc. Coverings also must be worn in common spaces in residential or commercial units greater than 1 unit.

School Status
Schools closed until May 4.

Curfew
No, but a stay-at-home order is in effect in Swampscott until May 4 that prohibits individuals from leaving their residence except for essential activities such as running necessary errands, going for a walk or getting exercise, or leaving home to care for a family member.

Government Closings
Town Hall is closed to the public, but most essential services can still be completed online. For questions, call 781-596-8850. The library is closed but offering virtual programming and the senior center is closed but offering meals.

Business Closings
The Health Department requests diligent social distancing and avoid large gatherings.

Construction Site Monitoring
As of April 7, all construction projects must pause until a Work Safety Plan is approved by the Town. All nonessential fire safety and building inspections have been suspended until further notice.

Other Restrictions
All Town playgrounds will remain closed. Residents may access town fields as long there are no group activities and people maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others. The Kings Beach walkway will now accommodate one-way pedestrian traffic.

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