Mayor Marty Walsh said he expects protests and marches this week following the end of voting yesterday, but asked demonstrators to have their say early and break up by 9:30 p.m. so people can be home by the governor's 10 p.m. voluntary curfew.
"Remember the coronavirus," Walsh said at a City Hall press conference at which he said Boston's Covid-19 test positivity rate only dropped from 7.8% last week to 7.2% this week. ""Do not be marching around the streets of Boston at 11 o'clock tonight. We still have a pandemic."
Mixing national politics and Covid-19 - which he said were inextricably linked, in part because Covid-19 issues are one of the reasons the vote tallies in some states are so slow - Walsh acknowledged, that what Gov. Baker asked for earlier this week are tough requests, but necessary to bring infection rates down again, at least if people ever want to get back to nightlife and sporting events and to get kids back in schools.
Mask wearing, curfews and limiting the size of gatherings now will help break the spread and ensure the city and state don't have to make even tougher calls later, he said, noting Bostonians helped bring down Covid-19 rates from a May/June surge through such steps and they can do it again.
Returning to potential protests, the mayor said: "As of right now, I have no concern about violence in Boston."
Police Commissioner William Gross said Boston sent a message to the country yesterday about how to conduct an election peacefully. But he cautioned would-be miscreants to watch their steps: Boston and State Police and the National Guard are in constant contact and ready to roll out onto the streets should any trouble start.
Walsh declined to criticize Gov. Baker for blanking his ballot for president. The important thing, Walsh said, is that Baker voted - what somebody does once they have their ballot in front of them is their business.
Without naming him, though, Walsh criticized President Trump for calling for a premature end to the vote tallying and blathering about "fraud."