Mayor’s Press Releases: City of Revere Response to COVID-19

City of Revere Response to COVID-19: April 10, 2020 UpdateMayor Arrigo Urges All Residents to Stay at Home This Weekend 

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 10, 2020Contact: Mayor’s Office, 781-286-8111  

April 10, 2020 – The City of Revere’s Emergency Response Team continues to take proactive steps to slow community transmission of COVID-19 and prepare for further spread of the virus. As of April 10, the Revere Board of Health has been notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of 363 positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Revere.  With warmer weather expected and many in the city celebrating Passover and Easter, Mayor Arrigo is reminding residents of the critical importance of abiding by the Stay at Home Advisory.  “We all have to continue to do our part and stay at home this weekend,” said Mayor Arrigo. “For many people in our city, these holidays are times that we are used to gathering with family and friends. However, this is no ordinary time, and we cannot be complacent. We must continue to stay at home.”  Easter Bunny Comes to You

To bring a little joy to residents young and old on Saturday, Revere Parks and Recreation, Fire and Police will lead a socially-distant Easter Bunny tour of the city. Beginning at 10 a.m., the tour will make its way around the city, with a goal of driving down every street in Revere. Residents should listen for sirens approaching and are encouraged to join the tour from their windows, front stairs or porches and give the Easter Bunny and a few of Revere’s first responders a wave. The group is looking forward to seeing inspirational and uplifting messages displayed on houses; the Easter Bunny will send video of his favorite decorations to be featured on Revere TV.Easter Services Broadcast on Revere TV Revere TV has partnered with Immaculate Conception Church Revere to broadcast Holy Week services online and at Revere TV, in English and Spanish. Services for Good Friday are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Saturday Easter Vigil at 7:30 p.m. and Easter Sunday mass in English at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. and in Spanish at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. City Services Updates

·        Mayor Arrigo declared a State of Emergency in the City of Revere on March 19, 2020.

·        There are no disruptions to basic City services provided by Revere Police, Fire, EMS, Department of Public Works and Revere 311. 

·        Residents should subscribe for email and text message notifications atrevere.org/coronavirus.

·        Revere 311 remains fully staffed and has extended its hours to 7:30am-6pm. Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to reach the City by dialing 311 (or 781-286-8311) or emailing Revere311@revere.org

·        All City buildings are closed to the public until further notice, and services to residents remain available at Revere.org

·        All City parks and playgrounds are closed until further notice. 

·        Revere Public Schools’ grab-and-go meal services are available to all students and families at all eight school sites. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child that needs it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Children will receive meals for multiple days at each pick up.

·        A mutual aid informational packet for residents is now available on Revere.org, providing a wide range of resources related to issues like access to food, health care, transportation, housing rights and more. The online document will be updated daily at 4 p.m.

·        The City of Revere has published a page that outlines resources for impacted small businesses, employers, non-profits, and/or workers. The page will be updated by City staff on an ongoing basis. 

·        The City of Revere’s volunteer database is open for individuals seeking to lend a helping hand over the next several weeks. 

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Arrigo Implements New Measures to Slow Spread of Virus in Revere

by Cary Shuman • April 9, 2020 • 0 Comments

The City of Revere’s Emergency Response Team continues to take proactive steps to slow community transmission of COVID-19 and prepare for further spread of the virus. As of April 7, 2020, the Revere Board of Health has been notified by the Massachu­setts Department of Public Health of 287 positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Revere.

Mayor Brian Arrigo has been at the forefront of city officials statewide institut­ing guidelines to promote the health and public safe­ty of residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

For example, Arrigo di­rected the Board of Health to issue an order to limit the number of customers in stores based on square footage, with grocery stores such as the busy Market Basket location on Squire Road, being limited to 140 customers in the store at any one time.

The edict is being fol­lowed at the store. As one customer leaves the store, another is allowed to enter the store.

“The city is pleased with the partnership and cooper­ation with the policy,” said Arrigo.

It seemed, or so it ap­peared to customers, that following Arrigo’s decision to direct the order, other stores, big and small, re­gional and national, were soon following suit or si­multaneously enacting sim­ilar policies.

Arrigo also was ahead with his announcements on the now-famous bullhorn encouraging visitors to Re­vere Beach to practice so­cial distancing. Gov. Char­lie Baker has since ordered the closure of all DCR parking areas at beaches.

Restaurants on the Beach, including Kelly’s Roast Beef and Renzo’s, voluntarily agreed with the Mayor’s suggestion that walkup service be curtailed at the busy restaurants be­cause customers had been waiting outside in long lines and many had not been practicing the social distancing (6 feet away from the person ahead or behind you in line) proce­dures.

And the Mayor’s virtu­al town hall with Board of Health Chair Dr. Nathalee Kong is believed to have been the first such confer­ence conducted by a mayor in the region.

City of Revere Response to COVID-19: April 8, 2020 Update
Emergency Response Team Focuses on People FirstTaking Care of One Another, Sharing Data & Implementing Protections for All


April 8, 2020 – The City of Revere’s Emergency Response Team continues to take proactive steps to slow community transmission of COVID-19 and prepare for further spread of the virus. As of April 8, 2020, the Revere Board of Health has been notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of 307 positive cases of COVID-19 in the City of Revere. 
Open Source Data

As part of an effort to ensure data transparency, residents interested in more detailed COVID-19 case data within the city of Revere can now view regular updates on Revere.org – including total confirmed cases, daily percentage increases, total recoveries and related deaths. Revere.org now also includes a page detailing current offerings and hours of all banks in the City.

Taking Care of One Another
Since its formation on March 18, the City of Revere’s outreach team has been focused on supporting vulnerable populations throughout Revere, including seniors, youth, low-income, homeless, mobility-challenged and undocumented residents. In just its first three weeks of operation, the outreach team has:

  • Launched the Revere Community Response Network, a coalition of city staff, community organizations, and resident volunteers to provide food and supply assistance, financial impact and housing support, wellness and neighbor checks, and access to mental health and trauma resources. 
  • Recruited more than 200 volunteers to help staff food pantries and scale up operations out of the senior center.  
  • Responded to more than 350 calls from seniors and delivered nearly 300 bags of food to seniors’ homes. 
  • Placed more than 10,000 phone calls to seniors and Spanish speaking residents. 
  • Distributed Chromebooks to seniors and others with no access to technology in their homes.

Protecting Residents
A revised order from the Board of Health has been issued today to all businesses. The order states all employees at essential services businesses must have basic personal protective equipment. Counter businesses, such as bakeries and coffee shops, must either convert to an outdoor pick up or drive through model only, or install additional protections (such as plexiglass at counters) and satisfy additional requirements to be approved by Inspectional Services. 

The City is also advising all residents to use simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help prevent people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders.  City Services Updates

  • Mayor Arrigo declared a State of Emergency in the City of Revere on March 19, 2020.
  • There are no disruptions to basic City services provided by Revere Police, Fire, EMS, Department of Public Works and Revere 311. 
  • Residents should subscribe for email and text message notifications atrevere.org/coronavirus.
  • Revere 311 remains fully staffed, with extended hours. Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to reach the City by dialing 311 (or 781-286-8311) or emailingRevere311@revere.org
  • All City buildings are closed to the public until further notice, and services to residents remain available at Revere.org
  • All City parks and playgrounds are closed until further notice. 
  • Revere Public Schools’ grab-and-go meal services are available to all students and families at all eight school sites. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any child that needs it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Children will receive meals for multiple days at each pick up.
  • mutual aid informational packet for residents is now available on Revere.org, providing a wide range of resources related to issues like access to food, health care, transportation, housing rights and more. The online document will be updated daily at 4 p.m.
  • The City of Revere has published a page that outlines resources for impacted small businesses, employers, non-profits, and/or workers. The page will be updated by City staff on an ongoing basis. 
  • The City of Revere’s volunteer database is open for individuals seeking to lend a helping hand over the next several weeks. 
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