Boston opens warming centers this weekend as temperatures plummet

BOSTON — Boston city leaders are opening more than a dozen warming centers as temperatures dip to single digits again Saturday with sub-zero wind chills.

“We want to ensure that every Boston resident stays warm and safe with the bitter cold weather this weekend,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “It is essential that we support and look out for each other, while also making sure we are observing COVID-19 public health guidelines.”

Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering any of the warming centers. Face masks that cover both the nose and the mouth are required, and capacity will be limited to 25% to prevent overcrowding.

People can bring some items with them, but all personal belongings must be able to fit in a small bag. Visitors must bring their own bottles of water and must maintain proper physical distancing once inside.

The warming centers will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The spaces will be cleaned and disinfected every hour. The locations of the warming centers include:

  • Allston/Brighton: BCYF Jackson-Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge St., Allston
  • Charlestown: BCYF Charlestown Community Center, 255 Medford St., Charlestown
  • Dorchester: BCYF Holland Community Center, 85 Olney St., Dorchester
  • East Boston: BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris St., East Boston
  • Hyde Park: BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River St., Hyde Park
  • Jamaica Plain: BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South St., Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan: BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan
  • North End: BCYF Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St., Boston
  • Roslindale: BCYF Menino Community Center, 125 Brookway Rd., Roslindale
  • Roxbury: BCYF Tobin Community Center,1481 Tremont St., Boston
  • South Boston: BCYF Condon Community Center, 200 D St., S. Boston
  • South End: BCYF Blackstone Community Center, 50 West Brookline Street, Boston
  • West Roxbury: BCYF Roche Community Center,1716 Centre St., West Roxbury

This freezing weekend in Boston with subzero wind chills didn’t stop some Bostonians from taking a walk in the park. The key is to be prepared.

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“You just got to layer up, also obviously hand warmers,” said Dan DiStefano, walking his dog.

Others said a hot beverage helps if you keep moving.

“Coffee! Hot coffee, lots of layers, honestly just like walking around is nice,” Sierra Cooper said.

The City of Boston opened 13 warming centers Saturday in case anyone was stuck outside. Plus, the 24/7 adult emergency shelters will stay open through the weekend. Boston Police will also be on the lookout for anyone needing help in this freezing weather.

While some didn’t mind the cold Saturday, many are more concerned about the nor’easter heading this way Monday, which could dump a foot of snow in the greater Boston area. Anni Li said she’s worried about stocking up on groceries since there’s already no delivery times available for online orders.

“No one’s planning to drive out on Monday and Tuesday,” Li said. “So if I want to buy groceries and get them delivered, I can’t get them until after.”

City leaders encourage people to call 911 if they see any homeless or vulnerable individuals outside in the frigid temperatures.

More information can be found here.