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HPC Launches 19th Annual “Backpack-to-School” Program

The Homeless Prevention Council (HPC) is partnering with the Nauset Rotary Club, Orleans Police Department, and Staples for its 19th annual Backpack-to-School program. Each year, Backpack-to-School provides children in the eight towns of the Lower Cape (Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, and Wellfleet) with backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards to purchase sneakers. With the ongoing pandemic causing uncertainty and financial…

The Future of Cape Cod Tourism in the Current and Post-COVID Era

Cape Cod has been a top tourism destination for decades, attracting visitors with its sandy beaches and beautiful, pristine environment. But in the current and post-COVID-19 era, what type of experience will be sought by travelers? Travel and tourism data expert Ted Sullivan joins this episode of the Policy Pod with some very revealing facts…

Pandemic? Summer Rentals Are Booming on the Cape and Islands

Check out this WCAI interview on the short-term rental market. It shows Airbnb reported a 30% increase in searches for Cape Cod in July. They also state hosts realized a 25% increase in revenue on the July fourth holiday weekend.

Baker Opposes Trump Stimulus Alternative

Commonwealth Magazine – Gov. Charlie Baker said he opposes President Trump’s stimulus alternative because it relies for funding on money Massachusetts and other states are counting on to cover COVID-19 costs and related expenditures. With Congress unable to come to agreement on a stimulus package, Trump over the weekend signed a number of orders, including…

Feds Reach Agreement with Moderna on Vaccine

State House News – The federal government has reached an agreement with Cambridge-based Moderna to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, President Donald Trump announced early Tuesday evening. “The federal government will own these vaccine doses,” Trump said. “We’re buying them.” Moderna estimated the value of Tuesday’s award at $1.525…

Emergency child care centers had 64 cases of COVID-19

MassLive – The Department of Early Education and Care in Massachusetts reported 64 cases of coronavirus had been reported at 47 emergency child care centers, forcing temporary closures and quarantines at some of the programs set up to care for children of essential workers, according to the Boston Globe. The Boston Globe reported that the EEC…

Lt. Governor Reviews New Gathering, Opening Rules

Lt. Gov. Polito reviewed changes made to the state’s rules governing gatherings and restaurants, effective today, and the decision to put a hold on Step 2 of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan. “It is summer, and we have these few months of the year that we love to enjoy,” she said. “And there are…

State Targeting COVID-19 Enforcement, Aid in 33 Communities

View the latest mapDownload State House News – Massachusetts has identified 33 communities where worrying trends in COVID-19 infection rates warrant targeted intervention efforts, and the state plans to offer those municipalities assistance with testing, contact tracing and public awareness campaigns, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. The effort is part of a new initiative to…
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