DO NOT FLUSH WIPES - With reports of toilet paper shortages amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission reminds customers that wipes, paper towels, facial tissue, and other materials – even those that claim to be “flushable” – are not designed to break down in the wastewater treatment process.
With the unfolding news regarding coronavirus, I wanted you to hear from me about the steps and precautions we are taking to keep our city, our employees, and community safe. We take this situation very seriously, and we are taking every precaution to keep people in Boston healthy and safe.
Across the City, our public health and public safety officials are taking extensive steps to prepare for all scenarios involving the coronavirus. Preparation efforts for a safe and effective response began in January and will continue to be adjusted and escalated as needed.
As we continue to learn more, we are focused on taking proactive steps to double down on the cleanliness and sanitation of our buildings and public spaces. What I want you to know is that the City has increased the frequency of cleaning in our key public facing buildings and spaces to keep our employees and constituents safe and well.
In addition, we are continuing to encourage all employees and visitors to be mindful of the steps that collectively can be taken to prevent the spread of germs.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City is proactively and regularly cleaning areas and objects that come in frequent contact with human touch. Those specific actions include:
- Regular and frequent monitoring of all hand sanitizers to refill as needed;
- Regular and frequent monitoring of all hand soap dispensers to refill as needed;
- Additional cleaning of all bathrooms;
- Additional cleaning of all hand dryers and surrounding walls to increase sanitation;
- Increased frequency in cleaning and sanitizing of all high-touch areas, including all facets of elevators, escalators, doorknobs, etc;
- Increased visibility and accessibility of signage to encourage proper sanitization and hand washing.
As a precaution, Boston Public Schools is cancelling school sponsored trips outside of the country, and is taking additional steps to sanitize all school buildings, school buses, and isolation rooms. To learn more about BPS efforts, please visit bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus. In addition, we are closely working with our homeless shelters, as well as the Engagement Center and street outreach teams, senior buildings and long-term care facilities, to prevent the spread of coronavirus among our most vulnerable populations. For more information, please visit here.
As always, the safety of our employees, residents, and visitors remain our first priority. We will continue monitoring the situation closely, and I promise to keep you informed as this situation continues to evolve. I appreciate and want to thank you for your continued hard work each and every day on behalf of the people of Boston.