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A message from Commissioner McCosh: Stay safe in the heat this summer


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Disabilities Commission

A weekly message from Commissioner McCosh in support of the local disability community.

Dear Disability Community Members,

Well, summer is officially here and the temperature is moving up quickly! While COVID-19 still remains a threat, I wanted to take a moment to focus on ways that people with disabilities can stay safe in the heat.

If you are anything like me, the beach is where I always want to be when it gets this warm. While going to the beach is still an option this year, there are a few additional pieces to think about:

  • If you’re going to a beach or a lake to beat the heat, it is advised that you wear a face-covering except when you’re in the water.
  • If the face-covering results in overheating or trouble breathing, find a shaded area 6 feet away from people and remove it.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of fluids but limit the amount of sugar, caffeine, alcohol you consume during hot weather.
  • Check before you go! Be aware that the restrooms you usually use during the summer may not be open to the public. Check in advance.

Some of the guidance for the beach is similar to any other activity within the City during these times of Coronavirus:

  • Avoid crowds, especially dense crowds where masks are not be worn
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer frequently
  • If you are not feeling well, skip the beach and stay home!

Also - it is really important to stay hydrated and well-fed, especially during hot days. Meal sites are still available throughout Boston and can be found on our City website

Whether it is due to the heat, COVID, or anything else, if you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately and seek medical attention.

As always,  please feel free to reach out to us if you need non-medical assistance. You can dial 311 to reach City Hall, or call us at 617-635-3682. Our email is, and the latest updates are available at

Until next week, please stay informed, stay cool, and stay healthy!


Commissioner Kristen McCosh