a little extra news: MLK Jr. Day, recalls, B-Together, Covid 19
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January* 2022 CenterNews

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The time is always right to do the right thing  ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

On January 17, 2022, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will mark the 27th anniversary of the national day of service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Haymarket MBTA Station remains closed through the end of service on Monday to allow for the demolition of the Government Center Garage

The state will receive 26 million COVID-19 rapid tests over the next three months under its contract with iHealth Labs. Shipments will begin on a rolling basis starting this week, with a priority on supporting K-12 education and child care

Just wanted to share some more information this month as the new B-Together Policys come into effect this weekend.  Check out the post in blue for more details about it, and who it affects.

More cold weather this weekend.  Please stay warm, and make sure your neighbors and friends do the same!

I'm sure that many of you have heard a lot of this information, but if we can serves as a reminder and a source for links and resources, then we are happy to help.

Be safe & be kind ❤️

  ~The West End Community Center

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to stay high, the mask mandate for Boston Public Schools will extend through at least February.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall for Certain Salads Processed at its Springfield, OH and Soledad, CA Facilities and Containing Iceberg Lettuce Due to Possible Health Risk from Listeria monocytogenes
FDA :  Date Issued: January 11, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning people to stop using the LuSys Laboratories COVID-19 Antigen Test (Nasal/Saliva) and the LuSys Laboratories COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test. The performance of these tests has not been adequately established and the FDA believes there is likely a high risk of false results when using these tests. Neither test has been authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA for distribution or use in the United States.

The LuSys Laboratories COVID-19 Antigen Tests (Nasal/Saliva) and COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Tests may also be sold under the company names Luscient Diagnostics or Vivera Pharmaceuticals, or with the trade name EagleDx. The FDA believes that these tests were distributed for use in laboratories or for at-home testing.

Starting on January 15, 2022,
to address rising COVID-19 cases and encourage vaccination,
individuals will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain indoor spaces in Boston.
People working in those locations will also be required to have received their vaccines.

The public health order, issued by Boston Public Health Commission, is effective beginning on Saturday, January 15, on a rolling basis by age group.

The City of Boston is implementing this requirement to increase vaccination rates and protect Boston’s communities.

Through an order from the Boston Public Health Commission,
the City of Boston will require individuals to show proof of vaccination to enter certain indoor spaces:

Indoor dining, including bars and nightclubs
Indoor fitness 
Indoor Entertainment venues

To enter one of the establishments covered by the order, you will need to show that you are vaccinated against COVID-19.
That verification can be done with:
1. A CDC vaccination card
2. A digital image of your CDC card 
3. An image of any official immunization record
4. A city-designated app or any other COVID-19 vaccine verification app

Access your Massachusetts digital vaccine card
Massachusetts may have a record of vaccinations you received in the Commonwealth

This may include COVID-19, influenza, tetanus, and many others.  Use the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) portal to access your COVID-19 digital vaccine card.


The city is also updating the vaccination policy for city employees, who will be required to be vaccinated along the same timeline. 

Saturday, January 15    People age 12+ must show proof of 1 dose of vaccine
Tuesday, February 15    People age 12+ must show proof of full vaccination
Tuesday, March 1    Children age 5-11 must show proof of 1 dose of vaccine
Sunday, May 1    People age 5+ must show proof of full vaccination

Complete List of Covered Locations & Businesses
Indoor Dining: Includes indoor portions of food service establishments offering food and drink, including restaurants, bars, and all indoor dining areas of food service establishments. The requirements of this Order shall not apply to any food service establishment offering food and/or drink exclusively for off-premises or outdoor consumption, or to a food service establishment providing charitable food services such as soup kitchens.
Indoor Entertainment, Recreational, and Event Venues: Includes movie theaters, music or concert venues, commercial event and party venues,  museums and galleries, professional sports arenas and indoor stadiums, convention centers and exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, and other recreational centers;
Indoor Gyms and Fitness Settings: Includes commercial gyms, fitness, yoga/pilates/barre/dance studios, boxing/kickboxing gyms, fitness boot camps, indoor pools, and other facilities used for conducting group fitness classes.

The following are exempted from this Order:
Pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public and non-public schools and programs, child care programs, senior centers, community centers, and churches and other places of worship;
Individuals entering indoor establishments for a quick and limited purpose (for example, using the  restroom; placing or picking up an order or service; making a delivery; or performing necessary repairs);
A performing artist not regularly employed by the covered entity while they are in a covered premises for purposes of performing;
A professional athlete/sports team who enters a covered premises as part of their regular employment for purposes of competing; and
An individual accompanying a performing artist or professional athlete/sports  team into a covered premises as part of their regular employment so long as the performing artist or professional athlete/sports team are performing or competing in the covered premises. 

Covered businesses will be required to:
Place a public notice at the front entrance stating that proof of vaccination is required. The sign is available here. You may also pick up a sign at locations across Boston, including any of the 20 Main Street locations, BCYF centers, and Boston Public Libraries.
Check proof of vaccination upon entry. You do not need to check vaccination status for an entry for a quick and limited purpose, such as using the bathroom, placing an order, or making a delivery. 

Help for Residents & Businesses
The City will be hosting a series of webinars to educate business owners on the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and taking your questions:
Thursday, January 13, 10:00am – SIGN UP HERE!
We will continue to add more engagement events and webinars. For any business questions, please contact the Small Business Development team at
All of this information and frequently asked questions can be found at
If you are looking for places to get a Covid 19 test,
here are some places near by:
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