BOSTON — Mayor Marty Walsh has announced new, stronger stay-at-home guidelines for Boston residents after 259 new coronavirus cases in the city were confirmed on Sunday.

Walsh asked residents to wear a cloth mask on their face while they are outside of their homes, in accordance with the new recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The only exception is for front line workers, who have guidelines to wear medical, personal protection equipment while they are on the job.

In addition, Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission are recommending a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all city residents except those who are essential workers.

Finally, all sports facilities at Boston city parks, which include basketball, tennis and hockey courts have been closed.

These new guidelines go into effect on Monday and will stay in place until May 4, which is in line with Gov. Charlie Baker’s extension of the stay-at-home advisory for the entire state of Massachusetts.

On Thursday, Walsh announced a new fund of $3 million in city and federal funds to help tenants impacted by the outbreak.

The program is targeting households that have lost income because of the outbreak and do not qualify for federal relief and unemployment benefits to offset the income losses.

Residents who need help can call 311 or email [email protected]

Walsh also announced the Small Business Financial Relief Fund to help businesses impacted by COVID-19. Beginning April 6, small businesses can apply for a grant.

Source: WCVB Boston

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