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April 8 update:
It’s now been four weeks since we decided not to share our usual Boston event picks in the interest of encouraging social distancing to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s an update on what The Boston Calendar has been up to since then:
Event listings for virtual and live streaming events. We’re blown away by the creativity demonstrated by local artists, organizations and businesses to convert their in-person offerings to online events. Read our guide to listing your virtual events on The Boston Calendar.
Daily email newsletter of what’s happening online around Boston. Our twice-weekly event picks newsletter is now a daily digest of virtual and live streaming events. It’s more important than ever to give readers options to stay connected and support local artists and organizations.
Two weekly live streaming event series. Every Friday, our Live at Five: Virtual Happy Hour Concert Series brings you live streaming concerts from local artists who’ve seen gigs disappear due to venue closings (viewers are encouraged to leave virtual tips via Venmo or PayPal). On Thursdays, our Fit at Six: Virtual Fitness Series introduces you to a new workout from a local fitness instructor.
Coronavirus resources in Boston. Our regularly updated list of ways communities and organizations are helping people impacted by the pandemic includes health and food resources, relief funds, and other helpful links.
In the wake of Governor Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency due to the spread of coronavirus, The Boston Calendar has decided not to share our usual event picks through our email list or social media this week. We will not post our usual Friday list of things to do in Boston.
Like the many organizations and venues that have chosen to cancel or postpone events this week, we make this decision out of concern for the public health of our community and beyond. As seen in the number of coronavirus cases connected to the Biogen leadership meetings last month, events gathering a large number of people together play a significant role in accelerating the spread of contagious diseases. We considered sharing only events with a small capacity, but ultimately don’t feel comfortable publicizing any event recommendations.
We also sympathize with the hardships felt by local restaurants, bars, venues, galleries, and other local businesses, as well as their employees, during this difficult time. The Boston Calendar couldn’t exist without the event organizers who take time to create listings on our site. Out of respect for those user-created listings, we’ve decided our website will continue to operate. We’re far from the only place to discover events and things to do in Boston, and we can’t make decisions for our audience as far as attending public gatherings. We can only urge you to take precautionary measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if you do choose to go outside.
We’re also maintaining an ongoing list of canceled or postponed events that we will keep updated to the best of our ability as announcements are made.