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Public Health

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

As Massachusetts reopens and as more people begin to go to work and travel, it is as important as ever to: 

  • Adhere to the emergency order requiring the use of face coverings whenever outside your home.
  • Keep a 6-foot distance from people you do not live with. 
  • 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, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache or sore throat, and/or  loss of taste or smell, call your doctor's office. 
  • If you have severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, and/or inability to wake or stay awake, call 911 for an ambulance immediately.

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Access information on City and state plans and guidance to safely reopen the economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.

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City Departments & Offices

As City of Cambridge buildings, departments, and services plan for a safe and limited reopening to the public, access the most up-to-date information about each department and how to get in touch with them.

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City Services

To help mitigate the effect of COVID-19, the City of Cambridge closed all municipal buildings and 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 services available for residents to access online while offices are closed.

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The City of Cambridge is working with the Cambridge Public Health Department and local partners to expand COVID-19 testing throughout the city and improve access to testing for residents.

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Access information about Cambridge Public Schools' efforts to plan for School Year 2020-21.

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Street Changes

The City of Cambridge is working to ensure that our streets are being used in the most efficient way possible as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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Face Coverings

Cambridge issued an emergency order requiring that face coverings be worn in all public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, and applies to everyone over the age of five years old, with exceptions in alignment with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control or Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Violations may be punishable by a $300 fine.

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We're working to communicate with the small business and artist communities on potential local, state, and federal resources and relief related to COVID-19.

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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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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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Children & Families

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

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Resources for People with Disabilities

The Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) has put together a page with a list of resources to help people with disabilities get their basic needs met during this public health crisis.

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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 June 30. Although Libraries are closed, please be sure to visit their one stop shop of online services though link below.

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