covid-19

Thank You for Getting Us Through March, a Plea for April

First and foremost, thank you to all who have donated to our March fundraiser, supported us on Patreon, shared our posts, read our articles, participated in #TheFrontStepsProject, and given us words of encouragement these past few weeks. Your support truly means the world to us, and is the reason we have been able to keep […]


Neighborhoods Collaborate On Grassroots Relief for Main Streets Report

It’s no surprise that small businesses are being hit—hard—by social distancing policies. Many have announced closures, while others have tried to transition to virtual models of their product. Some restaurants are temporarily shuttering, others are trying to lean on take-out and delivery—perhaps even for the first time. But a common thread throughout all of these efforts is the […]


‘Everything Has Changed’: Breweries Move To Packaging

Remnant Brewing is trying to activate a new distribution model. Since the Somerville brewery’s taproom can no longer be open to the public—an effect of the novel coronavirus outbreak—management is moving to sell more packaged beer, which customers can pick up at the Bow Market location. Much of Remnant’s sales now come from their production […]


Save Scout By Signing Up For #TheFrontStepsProject

Inspired by Needham-based photographer Cara Soulia, Scout Somerville staff photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz asked to bring the “Front Steps Project” to Somerville and Cambridge in an effort to raise funds for Scout Magazines. Two other photographers, Amanda Macchia and Scout Cambridge staff photographer Sasha Pedro, graciously hopped on immediately. The Front Steps Project is a way of fostering connection, documenting […]


Cambridge Public Health Department Releases Specific Guidelines for Food Service

The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) released a list of specific guidelines that restaurants and food service workers should follow on March 24—the same day that nonessential businesses were ordered to close by Gov. Charlie Baker. Restaurants are still allowed to offer delivery and take-out services under this order, as long as they follow proper […]


A Complete List of Essential Services That Will Remain Open

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the Department of Public Health to issue a statewide stay-at-home advisory, effective from noon on March 24 through April 7. Furthermore, all “non-essential” businesses will be closed during this time.  “What this means is that everyone can still buy food at the grocery store, get what they need at the pharmacy […]



Passim Launches Virtual Music Festival and Artist Relief Fund

If you’re a music lover in the Cambridge area, then you’re probably familiar with the nonprofit Passim in some capacity—whether it’s their live shows at Club Passim, their music school, or their local festivals. But now they’re trying something completely new: the virtual Keep Your Distance Festival, featuring artists like Mark Erelli and Stephen Kellogg, […]


Scout Needs Your Help To Survive, Now More Than Ever

We’re sure no one is surprised to hear that our small, independently owned local media outlet was barely making ends meet before this week. But with all of our revenue—which comes almost entirely from small business advertising partners—being cut off, the situation for Scout Magazines has become dire. Our mission has always been supporting the […]


1369 Coffeehouse Owner Makes Difficult Choice to Lay Off Staff

You can hear in his voice just how much the COVID-19 pandemic is wearing on 1369 Coffeehouse owner Josh Gerber. “It’s been a week, for sure,” says Gerber, who was driving around delivering growlers and bulk coffee orders on a wet Thursday afternoon. “It’s been difficult. One of the things that has been hardest about […]



Central Square BID Releases District Impact Study

The Central Square Business Improvement District (BID) has released a District Impact Study, reporting on the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses, using a survey to which 51 out of 100 business representatives in the Central Square BID responded.  The 70-page report catalogues reactions from business owners to the novel coronavirus, and lists their respective […]