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June 2021 CenterNews

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When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated
  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.

Safer Activities

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

These recommendations can help you make decisions about daily activities after you are fully vaccinated. They are not intended for healthcare settings.

Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?

In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: ±

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your healthcare provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.

What You Can Start to Do If you’ve been fully vaccinated:
  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
    • However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
What You Should Keep Doing

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.  Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested 3 days before travel by air into the United States (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.

The City of Boston

The City of Boston has aligned with the state's reopening plan. All remaining COVID-19 restrictions and capacity limits for businesses have been lifted as of Saturday, May 29. Following CDC guidance, the state’s face covering order has also been rescinded. The Commonwealth's State of Emergency will end on June 15.

Effective May 29, all industries will be permitted to open. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for masks in public and private transportation systems, hospitals, and other facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions have been lifted. Capacity has increase to 100% for all industries, and all gathering limits have also been rescinded.


Starting Monday, June 7, 2021, Boston City Hall will be open to the public by appointment only for a fourth day each week. In addition to Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, residents will be able to make in-person appointments on Monday as well. Check the latest status of City departments.


BCYF will increase its youth programming to align with Phase Four, Step One of the Reopening Massachusetts plan. This will allow for the expansion of programs for children and youth, including arts and crafts, fitness classes, and game nights. BCYF will also offer summer day programs at several centers.


It's June!
It looks like the cold and rain are clearing for some warm weather!
(knocking on wood!)

The city is opening, the mask mandate has be lifted, and the world is starting to look more like it used to.  The streets are filling up, people are out and about, and the businesses are welcoming people back!

Many people still are choosing to wear masks, and we hope that everyone will accept their choice to do so.  

As the world opens. there will be more events taking place.  Most people seem to be planning for the fall, but we will try to keep you posted on what's close to us, as we find out.  Check out our Facebook page for more!  

We are busy planning too!  Stay tuned to see what's coming up!

Enjoy the weather, enjoy each other, and keep staying safe!


  ~The West End Community Center

Starting Monday June 14th
Our West End Branch hours will be:

Mon-Wed 10am -6pm
Thursday 12pm-8pm
Fridays 9am-5pm
BPL – to – Go  (appointments to pick up materials) ends.
Staff and Patrons will be required to wear masks.  Masks will be available.
Patrons will be able to browse the collection.  
Printing and Photocopying will be free for the month of June.
Fines for Children & Teens were already eliminated, but there will be charges for lost books.

Other details are still forthcoming:
  There likely will not be any seating, meetings, or programs.  

Computer use will be limited, and fines for adult books may be eliminated. 
Links to Check out

Boston Pride Illumination 2021

Illuminate for Pride is a community effort with the City of Boston and the community to show your support during the month of June. Illuminate your rainbow lights or fly your Pride flags, on your building, in your window, at your house, in your car, any way you can is a way to bring visibility. There is no building too big or space too small to participate.
Join us in solidarity where you are able whether it be the entire month of June or on June 13th.

Submit your photos here:

Understanding Trans and Nonbinary Identities
Thursday June 3, 2021 11AM to 12:30PM
Zoom meeting

In this workshop we will provide an overview of gender identity; discuss the diversity of trans and nonbinary identities and experiences; recognize the struggles trans and nonbinary people face, and how those struggles may impact your work; and review appropriate and compassionate language when interacting with trans and nonbinary people.

Tre'Andre Valentine, Executive Director, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Greenway Artisan Market

The Greenway Artisan Market is a vibrant open-air market run by Somerville Flea featuring talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers. Visitors will find exceptional art, locally produced products, and much more! Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, and shop local at the Greenway Artisan Market. It’s truly an original Boston experience!

In line with City and State guidance on retail operations, the Greenway Artisan Market will be open every Saturday from 11a to 5p on The Greenway from May 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021.

You can learn more about being a vendor at this market here:

Weekly Winedown
Every Friday at 5pm ET we bring you a 10 minute rundown on what's happening in travel. Join us and have your questions answered live.

For the Love of Travel is a group for those who love to travel, have always wanted to travel and has questions regarding their next trip. Join us every Friday at 5pm for our Weekly Winedown.

Free Thursdays at the ICA

Admission is FREE for all every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM during ICA Free Thursday Nights. Timed tickets are required for free days and nights. Timed tickets for Free Thursday Nights become available at 10 AM the morning of.

Every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free. Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at at 10 AM on that Thursday morning.

Extensive safety and health protocol will be in place; please review before your visit:

FREE ICA Admission for Bank of America Cardholders
Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us:

Sat, Apr 3 11 AM – Sun, Apr 4, 5 PM
Sat, May 1 11 AM – Sun, May 2, 5 PM
Sat, Jun 5 11 AM – Sun, Jun 6, 5 PM
Sat, Jul 3 11 AM – Sun, Jul 4, 5 PM
Sat, Aug 7 11 AM – Sun, Aug 8, 5 PM
Sat, Sep 4 11 AM – Sun, Sep 5, 5 PM

Timed tickets are required and subject to availability.

Your Bank of America card must be presented at check-in to be eligible. Museums on Us is available to Bank of America, Merrill, or Bank of America Private Bank (U.S. Trust) credit or debit cardholders during the first full weekend of every month.

Italian Chopped Salad
A tasty side salad for an Italian dinner, or a plant-based main course for those reducing their meat consumption. Either way, it's delicious and satisfying!

Servings:  servings 
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (if canned, then drain and rinse)
  • 1 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 2 cups chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss well.
  • Serve as a side salad or as a main meal.


Add what you like and what you have! Add some diced salami, provolone, marinated artichokes, banana peppers, marinated mushrooms, etc
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