Councillor-at-Large Gerry Visconti has asked Mayor Brian Arrigo to look into local food establishments who are not willing to deliver takeout orders to the Jack Satter House on Revere Beach Boulevard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Satter House is an independent senior residence facility that has been hit hard by COVID-19.
â€œI got some phone calls from the Satter House that are a little disappointing about some of our food establishments that just donâ€™t want to deliver takeout because of what theyâ€™ve gone through there in the past month and a half,â€ said Visconti. â€œItâ€™s just wrong. I know theyâ€™re quarantined but theyâ€™ve doing a good job trying to clean up and keep that building safe.
â€œI donâ€™t think these companies and food restaurants should not delivering to them,â€ concluded Visconti.
Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky said, â€œYou canâ€™t make these people go in to a place because theyâ€™re still going to say, â€˜weâ€™re keeping our employees safe by keeping them away.â€
Novoselsy encouraged residents to â€œspread the wordâ€ to not order takeout from these businesses.
Councillor-at-Large Steve Morabito said he agreed with Viscontiâ€™s motion. â€œI think we should reach to Jack Satter House as a city and maybe they can put out a temporary meal box out front where deliverers can drop the food off,â€ said Morabito. â€œThey should have some kind of designated location in the front of the building where a delivery driver can drop off their food, and maybe theyâ€™ll be more likely to deliver the food.â€
Council President Patrick Keefe said there has been a lot of confusion about food delivery procedures at the Satter House. â€œThere is a security guard that sits right at the back entrance and they wonâ€™t let you go any farther,â€ said Keefe.
Keefe said the food can be given to the security guard and it will then be delivered to the resident who requested the takeout order.
â€œItâ€™s disappointing to hear that anyone would not be delivering there, but they may be thinking that theyâ€™re supposed to go in,â€ said Keefe.
Steve Post, executive director of the Jack
Satter House, said he hoped that restaurants would resume deliveries to
residents whom have been encouraged to support small businesses and food
establishments in the city.
â€œDeliveries of supplies, groceries, food, and other items are being safely made to the exterior lobby of Jack Satter House, without allowing entrance to the building,â€ said Steve Post, Executive Director of Jack Satter House. â€œIn addition to following standard social-distancing and infection control protocols that the Governor, the Mayor, and the Revere Board of Health encourage all Revere residents to follow, our staff wears personal protective equipment while on duty, including to deliver packages to residentsâ€™ apartments. Since we have been encouraging our residents to support local restaurants and small businesses during this time, we hope that more local restaurants will resume deliveries to their patrons who live at Satter House.â€
The Council also approved Viscontiâ€™s motion that the city look in to gas stations that may be involved in price-gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.