Mayor Walsh today recounted a story about a 70-year-old South End resident who was hospitalized with Covid-19 last week. He asked his doctor and a social worker if he could somehow marry his long-term partner.
They started the process and the City Clerk's office rushed to get the paperwork ready - and the couple spent two days married before the man died on Saturday, Walsh said at a press conference at City Hall.
Walsh added that no matter what Gov. Baker announces about the current state of emergency, which expires May 4.
"I can tell you right now Boston will not re-open on May 4," Walsh said, pointing to the continuing surge in cases and the need to develop a comprehensive "recovery framework."
"No question May 4 is too early" for re-opening the state - especially if done "without a clear and thoughtful plan," he said.
"We can't afford to make any mistakes," he added.
Walsh urged Bostonians to keep those masks on in public. And don't even think of tossing them on the ground. Also don't even think of going into a supermarket without one: "Quite honestly this is unacceptable," he said.
He said he only heard of Somerville's new face-mask requirement a few minutes before press conference, but plans to talk to Joe Curtatone across the river today.
"If we need to, we will," but hopes people will mask up voluntarily.
While Gov. Baker downplayed the current importance of antibody testing, Walsh played up the importance - including testing that starts today with Mass. General in East Boston, Roslindale and the 02121 and 02125 Zip codes. He said knowing where the virus has been is critical to deploying public-heath and other resources and that he plans to expand it in coming days.