VIDEO – Mayor: We’ll Get Through This Crisis If We Work Together

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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer read a statement to the 11-member City Council during their remote meeting last night, March 31.

“There is no road map,” for this coronavirus crisis said the Mayor, who closed City Hall on March 17, to the public. “There is no perfect solution.”

She told the Councilors that there have been 77 cases of coronavirus in the City, with two fatalities.

We have always been looking at “how do we slow this virus down,” said the Mayor to the Councilors.

“The fastest way to slow down this virus is by limiting contact with people,” said the Mayor.

Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay released Potter Road Elementary schools early on March 11, after a parent of a student tested positive for COVID-19.

Supt. Tremblay made the decision to close all schools on March 12 and 13, and then the Governor ordered all schools across the state closed through at least April 6, and extended that order to at least May 4.

“I’m confident that we will get through this crisis together, and we ill get through it together if we all work together. This is not a time for politicize, grandstand, but a time for us to roll up our sleeves, and each do our part.”

She asked the 11 City Councilors to help her get out the message to the community on how to stay safe.

The Mayor closed the Callahan Center, Framingham Public Libraries, and other buildings on March 13.

The Mayor told Councilors the City is updating the city’s website daily and sometimes on an hourly basis with “factual information.”

The Mayor also acknowledged that this is a “hardship for many of our businesses.”

The Governor has ordered all non-essential businesses to close or operate remotely through May 4. The original order was through April 7.

The Mayor said “security comes in many forms” and when she thinks of security she thinks of those who need security with housing and food. She said her office is looking to help those in need pay their rents.

Mayor Spicer is concerned for those without housing, and she is looking at many options including possibly sheltering individuals in hotels.

She asked the public to be a “little kinder, and thoughtful of your neighbors.”

She suggested check in on an older adult or pick up an extra bag of groceries, for someone else, to minimize the number of people out.


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