SPRINGFIELD — As the coronavirus continues to spread, city councilors on Thursday called for further relief to the public including a freeze on rents, mortgages, utility payments and evictions.

Eleven city councilors signed on to a letter emailed to several state and federal officials including Gov. Charlie Baker, local legislators and the U.S. senators from Massachusetts.

“We are facing an unprecedented public health crisis, and the steps being taken to contain the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 are 100% necessary,” said City Councilor Jesse Lederman, the lead signer, in a statement. “At the same time there are very real economic impacts our constituents now face, and we must leverage the state and federal government apparatus to ensure families and businesses do not face undue hardship

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