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Access COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card with “My Vax Records”

Go to the Baker-Polito Administration’s press release for more information.

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Resources for Cities and Towns Responding to Omicron

COVID cases are surging, largely due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Fortunately, there are steps we can take immediately to keep people safe and out of the hospital. Throughout the winter of 2022, MAPC will share resources and expert information to assist municipal officials in responding to this new wave of infections.

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Proof-of-vaccination requirement offers critical public health, economic benefits

This comic by Lillian Lee encouraging vaccination is one of many free public health messaging artworks commissioned by MAPC and free to use. Learn more: www.mapc.org/covid19-art. Proof-of-vaccination requirement offers critical public health, economic benefits Last month, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that patrons and employees of restaurants, gyms, and other indoor entertainment venues in Boston […]

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COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available to Municipalities

The Baker-Polito administration announced on Wednesday, December 29 that new contracts with COVID-19 at-home test manufacturers will allow municipalities and other eligible entities to order rapid test kits at state-negotiated prices. Eligible entities include: Cities, towns, districts, counties, and other political subdivisions Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, including all departments and elected offices therein Independent […]

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Statement: State should follow Boston’s lead on indoor vaccine requirements

Monday, December 20, 2021 Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Executive Director Marc Draisen and Deputy Director for Public Affairs and Advocacy Lizzi Weyant today issued the following statement: “Today, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu took an important step forward to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. By requiring proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, […]

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Breaking Transmission: Indoor Mask Policies in Greater Boston

With indoor masking policies varying between Greater Boston’s cities and towns, it can be confusing to figure out which municipalities—and how many—require masks indoors. Today, MAPC released an interactive map of indoor masking policies in Greater Boston that visualizes whether a municipality requires masks in all indoor public spaces, requires them only in municipal buildings, […]

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Webinar:“Women in the Workforce: Addressing the Impacts of COVID-19”

Senate President Karen E. Spilka to headline Zoom event on job losses affecting women during pandemic WHAT: The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce are both severe and lopsided in comparison to men. For women of color, who make up a higher percentage of essential workers, job losses are even worse. […]

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MAPC Teams Up With Artists on COVID Communications

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, public art, comic strips and other accessible artworks that can be used by health agencies, […]

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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, […]

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Evictions and COVID-19: The Responsibility of the Large Landlord

The possibility of a pandemic-related “eviction tsunami” has been widely discussed of late, as is the role that federal and state policy must play stemming it. Less prominent has been the discussion of the role that must be played by landlords in general – and, as our recent research has found – large landlords in […]

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