Mayor Walsh said today that after seeing reports on 311 about people continuing to play sports in city parks, workers have begun applying zip ties to basketball hoops in an attempt to dissuade players.
Walsh, again emphasizing the need for social distancing, said basketball, street hockey, soccer and even tennis are right up there in something people shouldn't be doing. That also goes for just sitting in a circle to have a chat, he added.
At a press conference outside City Hall, Walsh warned that, if people don't stop congregating like that, he'll order parks just shut altogether. He said he doesn't want to do that, because parks are a good place for folks to take a walk - at distance of at least six feet from other people - but cautioned the sportsball crowd not to test him.
"We're not going to be arresting people," or even fining them, because this is a shared responsibility, he said. He urged parents to sit their kids down and stress the seriousness of what's going on - and urge them to stop playing with friends in parks.