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Where are Boston’s testing sites?

Where are Boston’s testing sites?

Ha Ta, Editor

July 13, 2020

COVID-19 testing is essential for a safe reopening. The City of Boston partners with community health centers to offer free testing for Boston residents, especially in neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of infection. Important notes before you head to a testing site: Testing is free regardless of...

City of Boston’s reopening: the latest updates

City of Boston’s reopening: the latest updates

Ha Ta, Editor

July 8, 2020

Read about how we're covering COVID-19 and our sustained commitment to telling stories of hope, justice and resilience. We covered how the City of Boston has been responding to COVID-19. Now, as the city is working toward reopening and recovery, we will continue to deliver the latest updates in this ti...

City of Boston’s response to COVID-19: the latest updates

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Catherine McGloin, Editor-in-chief

June 12, 2020

Read about how we're covering COVID-19 and our sustained commitment to telling stories of hope, justice and resilience. Friday, June 12, 2020 6:02 a.m. Boston Resiliency Fund running total: $20 million to 247 organizations Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee hi...

A summer heatwave could hurt Boston neighborhoods already suffering from COVID-19

Dorchester and Roxbury do not have many air conditioned public spaces where residents can cool off during heat waves.

Julia Hong and Ben Farber

May 14, 2020

As summer approaches and the social distancing measures necessitated by COVID-19 continue, Bostonians who lack consistent access to air conditioning in their homes face additional challenges and health risks. July 2019 was Boston’s hottest month on record, with a dozen days of high temperatures...

What are the rules about wearing face masks in Massachusetts?

What are the rules about wearing face masks in Massachusetts?

Catherine McGloin, Editor-in-chief

May 6, 2020

From today, runners, dog walkers, grocery shoppers — anyone in Massachusetts out in public spaces — must wear a face covering. The mandatory-mask order, made by Gov. Charlie Baker May 1, goes into effect today to help stop the spread of COVID-19 across the state, and will be enforced until further notice....

College students lose jobs, struggle to find co-ops during pandemic

Woman puts sticky notes on whiteboard.

Judy Lam, Reporter

May 4, 2020

Anita Wong was working three shifts a week at Starbucks on Massachusetts Avenue, earning more than $600 a month, when the pandemic hit and she, along with all Northeastern University students, went ordered off-campus and back home. “I work multiple jobs while taking classes during the semester, an...

Coronavirus could sideline important period poverty bill

Mass NOW members hand out these bags to raise awareness about period poverty.

Ali Dusinberre, Reporter

April 28, 2020

Menstrual equity is not an issue often debated up on Beacon Hill. But activists across Massachusetts are leading a movement against period poverty — lack of access to menstrual hygiene products — and fighting to open up political dialogue on what is still considered a taboo subject. “Men...

Massachusetts bans evictions during coronavirus

The Northeast Housing Court in Lowell, Massachusetts. All non-emergency court events have been cancelled to reduce the number of people in the buildings during COVID-19.

Eileen O’Grady, Editor

April 24, 2020

On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill placing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reps. Kevin Honan (D-Allston-Brigton) and Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge-Somerville) sponsored the bill, which moved from the Massachusetts house...

What’s the role of social justice reporting during the pandemic?

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April 23, 2020

The Scope's Managing Editor Eileen O'Grady, hosted an online discussion about the role of social justice journalism during the coronavirus pandemic. She was joined by the Scope's Editor-in-Chief Cat McGloin, The Bay State Banner's editor, Yawu Miller, Northeastern University's media advocacy students an...

Boston’s grocery workers demand more protection and hazard pay during pandemic

workers and their supporters lined Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End at 11 a.m. April 7.

Catherine McGloin, Editor-in-chief

April 16, 2020

Boston-area grocery store workers lined up six-feet apart, faces masked, along Harrison Avenue outside Whole Foods on Tuesday morning, to protest against in-store working conditions and lack of protection against COVID-19. Customers and workers’ rights activists joined workers to demand that management at Stop & Shop, Whole ...

Boston City Council meeting April 15, 2020

Boston City Council meeting April 15, 2020

Jordan Erb

April 16, 2020

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on April 15, 2020, which was held virtually through the video-conferencing app Zoom and live-streamed. The following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0638 Councilor Ricardo Arroyo ordered a hearing on proposed guidelines f...

Boston City Council meeting April 8, 2020

Boston City Council meeting April 8, 2020

Jordan Erb, Reporter

April 9, 2020

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on April 8, 2020, which was held virtually through the video-conferencing app Zoom and live-streamed. During the meeting, the following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0615 Councilor Julia Mejia offered a resolution to ...

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