Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund: COVID‑19

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Public Health

In Cambridge, we must all take urgent action to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19.

Please do your part to:

  • Avoid close contact with others as much as possible
  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. These simple actions are among the most effective to avoid illness.
  • If you have a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your doctor's office. Do not go to the emergency room.
  • If you have severe symptoms, call 911 for an ambulance.

Important Information & Guidance

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Case Count

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What's New?

  • (4/1/20) Second Half Property Tax bills will be mailed on Tuesday April 7th. Property Tax bills can be accessed or paid online by going to
  • (4/1/20) A “Payment Mailbox” has been installed in the rear of City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave. for taxpayers who wish to make payments (checks and money orders preferred) directly to the City. Individuals using the “Payment Mailbox” option should ensure that their payments are in a sealed envelope, contain a payment stub, and include the bill number, parcel ID, or other identifying information, including a phone number on their check. Individuals can use the “Payment Mailbox” to make Real Estate, Water/Sewer, Excise, Parking Ticket, or other payments.
  • (3/31/20) The City of Cambridge and Cambridge Public Schools, in partnership with local nonprofit Food for Free, have served thousands of meals to Cambridge adults and children since widespread closures and food service disruptions due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak began in mid-March.
  • (3/31/20) Mayor Siddiqui and City Manager DePasquale send a message to parents/guardians of Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students on the use of the War Memorial Recreation Center, Field House and Garage for temporary emergency shelter.
  • (3/31/20) Governor Baker extends non-essential business closures until May 4.
  • (3/31/20) On behalf of the City of Cambridge, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis DePasquale are extremely thankful to the Biogen Foundation for its $1 million donation to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

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Keep in Touch with the Latest City Information

  • Governor Baker Extends "Stay at Home" Advisory to May 4

    On March 31, Governor Baker extended the stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business closure that was set to expire on April 7 until May 4, the same date that schools are to remain closed until. The 10-person limit on gatherings in the state has been extended as well, following a similar extension by the federal government.

  • Statement from the City Manager on Temporary Emergency Shelter

    Throughout this Public Health crisis, I have worked closely with the City’s Public Health team to ensure that we are making the most informed decisions possible to protect the health and welfare of the entire Cambridge community. As part of that effort, we have been working to identify options to care for our homeless community or those unable to safely isolate or quarantine at their residence during this time.

  • City of Cambridge Thanks Biogen Foundation for $1 Million Donation to Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund

    On behalf of the City of Cambridge, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis DePasquale are extremely thankful to the Biogen Foundation for its $1 million donation to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Food Assistance

The health and safety of the Cambridge community is our top priority during this unprecedented time. While many of the city’s food pantries have temporarily closed, we are working to ensure that Cambridge residents have access to food during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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In order to address the many concerns regarding housing and housing related needs, the Community Development Department, The Department of Human Services' Multi Service Center, and the City’s Housing Liaison are working together to stay up to date on all court related information and to respond to your questions and concerns.

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Senior residents, particularly individuals with weakened respiratory and immune systems, may be at higher risk of serious illness upon contracting COVID-19. As a unified community, we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, by adopting specific precautionary measures.

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We're working to communicate with the small business and artist communities on potential resources and relief related to Governor Baker’s statewide declaration that all bars and restaurants in Massachusetts will be shut down for on-premise consumption starting Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, April 6, although these establishments can continue to offer food for takeout or delivery. Retail stores can stay open as long as 25 people or fewer are present in them.

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City Services

To help mitigate the effect of COVID-19, the City of Cambridge has closed all municipal buildings and has asked non-essential staff not to report to the office beginning Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. With City offices closed, critical City services continue but there are many changes to be aware of. There are also some City available for residents to access online while offices are closed.

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Cambridge Public Schools are closed until May 4th. All distance learning, bag breakfast and lunch information, and more are available on the schools' website.

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The City of Cambridge has closed all Cambridge Public Library locations to the public until further notice. During this time, patrons are asked to keep any library materials that they currently have borrowed. Book drops at all locations will be closed. To minimize the impact of this closure on patrons, loan periods will be extended to April 15.

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Children & Families

Access information for parents and providers about childcare programs across the state.

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