Mayor Walsh said today that he's continuing to get reports of people congregating and playing sports in Boston parks and that while he's not ready to shut parks down, he's getting close to naming the parks in an attempt to shame people to knock it off.
Self-isolation is vital to fighting a virus for which we have no cure, and people - especially those with family members who are doctors and nurses - should stop already, he said.
"That's not social distancing," he said. "This isn't about you, it's about your fellow neighbors, it's about your friends, it's about your family. ... if you don't want to do it for yourself, we're asking you do it for your family."
"If it doesn't change, I'm going to start naming locations," he said.
At his press conference in front of City Hall, Walsh also said that the city tomorrow will open a Covid-19 testing station at Suffolk Downs for first responders - Boston police officers, firefighters and EMTs and paramedics.
Walsh also asked for people to be kind and respectful at a time when so many are stressed. And, he continued, "now is not a time for scapegoating." Other parts of the country may be seeing bullying, harassment and racism, "but I certainly will not stand for it in Boston," he said. "It's not who we are."
He said that goes equally for immigrants, whom he said make up 16% of health-care workers, 36% of home health aides and 17% of supermarkert workers. "We are all in this together, and we all depend on one another," he said.
Like Gov. Baker, Walsh said he is not expecting Boston to re-open for business by Easter. In fact, he said some semblance of normalcy might not return until July.