Due to an ongoing manhunt in the Boston area, state
authorities have shut down the MBTA and issued a shelter-in-place
advisory for a number of surrounding towns. At the time, Somerville has
NOT been included in the advisory, but we ask that Somerville residents
observe the shelter-in-place advisory if they can. If possible, please
stay home, keep doors locked, and do not open the door for anyone other
than identified law enforcement officials. Please also limit travel as
much as possible. State authorities do not perceive a threat to our
community, and residents are not required to remain in their homes, but
please use common sense and stay tuned to area news sources for updates.
Please also be aware that residents in the cities of Boston, Watertown,
Waltham, Newton, Belmont, Cambridge, Brookline, and Allston-Brighton
have been advised to stay home, keep doors locked, and to only open the
door for identified law enforcement officers. Businesses in these areas
have also been advised to remain closed. Again, authorities consider the
City of Somerville to be safe and NOT under any immediate threat.
Somerville Police will remain vigilant, and will monitor the situation
throughout the day.