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COVID-19 Community Updates and Resources

Kendall’s culture and identity are driven by collaboration, and this is one of our greatest experiments to date — how can we share information, work together, and support each other and our community during this fluid and unsettling time?

Our focus is to arm our members with the tools and resources you need to continue to push the boundaries of innovation and support your employees.

That said, we want to be sure you know that we are here for you and want to hear more about your experience and the ways that we can work creatively together to innovate the way we do business at this challenging time. 


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Resources for Businesses

City of Cambridge COVID Updates as of May 21, 2021

The City of Cambridge announced that, with the Commonwealth’s State of Emergency ending on June 15, 2021, and the significant improvements in public health metrics, it will align with the Commonwealth in lifting the City’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, May 29, 2021 and will rescind its March 19, 2020 Declaration of Public Health Emergency in Cambridge effective June 15, 2021. Due to the rescission of the City’s Declaration of Public Health Emergency, the City’s Temporary Eviction Moratorium as amended on July 23, 2020 will also be rescinded, effective June 15, 2021.

Getting Vaccinated in Massachusetts

Including young people aged 12 – 17, Massachusetts residents can sign up online to preregister for the vaccination against COVID-19. You can also learn more about different vaccine locations, vaccinations for specific groups, and how to prepare for your appointment.

Temporary Signage to Help Promote Personal Safety

As your team prepares to come back to the office, you will have to start thinking proactively about the signage you will display to help promote hygienic safety. From people who will be in the office once in a while to first time visitors, this guide will assist your team in creating clear and consistent messaging,

Get Tested In Massachusetts!

The Commonwealth provides an easy way to locate a COVID-19 test site near you. With over five sites in Cambridge, including CIC Health, we welcome you to stay safe and get registered for testing if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact recently with a COVID positive individual.

Kendall on the Frontline: New Approaches to COVID-19 Testing

Zoom into the global epicenter of innovation on Friday, November 20 at noon to get answers to your critical questions about COVID-19 testing and how Kendall Square is working to develop new approaches to enable more and better testing.

​Changes to MBTA Services

​The MBTA has adjusted cleaning practices and service schedules to meet the demands of the workforce. Customers and employees are required by state and federal law to wear masks at all times on the MBTA. The Charlie Card store is also open with limited hours. Read about additional important details coming from the MBTA in response to the pandemic.


How to Help

There are many different resources from the state and several foundations set up to support those most vulnerable during this crisis.

$10M Small Business Recovery Fund

This program is open to small businesses with fewer than 50 employees who can demonstrate an adverse impact on revenues resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19

In response to the public health crisis created by COVID-19, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager, Louis A. DePasquale have activated the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. This will provide emergency assistance to individuals and families in Cambridge who are experiencing extreme financial hardship caused by the current COVID-19 crisis in partnership with non-profit organizations. Donate today to support those who are most vulnerable during this crisis. 


FAQs

Are KSA events moving forward as planned?

All KSA convenings will occur digitally for the time being. This includes our online gatherings like Future of (How we) Work and our upcoming Inclusion Drives Innovation programming. Send an email to our membership team to be added to the mailing list for these virtual convenings.

What non-events programming does KSA have coming up?

In addition to our online member programs like Future of (how we) Work Task Force and Inclusion Drives Innovation, KSA is continuing to cultivate collaborations across the private and public sectors. From partnering with the CIC for accessible and affordable COVID-19 testing to joining forces with Toast to facilitate easy ordering from local restaurants for Kendall employees, there’s no shortage of opportunities to plug into the KSA community. And our transportation advocacy will not slow down– especially as we use this moment to change our commuting behaviors. We all know the congestion will, unfortunately, return, so the KSA team will continue to advocate on your behalf at the State House and connect with transportation advocates across the world to create policies that will support the future.

How can we support Kendall restaurants and retailers during this challenging time?

You can go here to read Eater Boston’s running list of restaurants as they reopen across Boston and Cambridge, including Kendall Square. We also encourage you to follow #KendallEats on our social media platforms to stay up to date with stories from restaurants and restaurant workers.