As of March 12, the GMNC has suspended all committee meetings for the next 30 days. Normally we meet at the Ideal Mixer, on Blue Hill Ave. The location has closed until the end of April. Anyone who was to be reviewed by the Zoning Committee will have their dates rescheduled as soon as possible. Guest speakers at other committees will be rescheduled.

As friends and neighbors, consider this the rent we all pay – opportunities to take care of each other. All of this is done while keeping in mind, that we all should heed the CDC warnings to wash our hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, keep hands away from your face, and practice social distancing. And if you are not feeling well, please stay home, rest and contact your health provider.

Here are a few things happening as well as things to do:

  1. GMNC will work with neighborhood associations to address individual needs and businesses who want to coordinate efforts to pick up prescriptions and canned food drive drop off locations.
  2. Use the ‘GMNC Namaste‘ form to submit a need; we are working with the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) as well as our neighborhood civic associations to come together, and to serve each other.
  3. GMNC Online “Kindness Calendar” allowing posting of things to do while social distancing. We are a creative bunch.
  4. Be kind to each other; offer to listen to someone if they are feeling stressed or have anxieties that are elevated from feeling bombarded with information and disinformation. There is no need to include hugging – but offer a #NamasteInsteadOfHugs – the care is still felt.
  5. Check in with small businesses to see if they are open. If they are, ask them how they are operating during this stressful time, and find out the best way to “safely” support them. Small businesses are usually family run operations. They are part of the fabric of our neighborhood.

Finally, please keep abreast of updates locally, statewide and federally. Below are reliable references that have been fact checked.

CDCProtect Your Family
Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities
How to Protect Yourself
Clean & Disinfect | Interim Recommendations for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019
Manage Anxiety & Stress
Frequently Asked Questions
AARPSocial Distancing: What It Is, Why It’s Important, How to Do It
4 Tips on Working From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Why Coronaviruses Hit Older Adults Hardest | As with flu, immune changes and other health conditions are to blame
Fact Sheets (multiple languages)
MASS.GOVMASS DPH | Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Nat’l GeographicFacts about coronavirus | What kids need to know