In his latest address on Covid-19 - which he gave alone from his office in City Hall instead of at a crowded press conference outside - Mayor Walsh pleaded with Bostonians, especially its younger residents, to practice social distancing to help slow the spread of Covid-19 and to help their older relatives.
"Think beyond your own personal concerns," he said to residents who might be feeling they have little to worry about themselves. "Flattening the curve, that's what this is all about."
Walsh listed steps the city has taken to do that, such as closing schools and libraries. But all Bostonians have to do their part, as well. He said while talking to his mother, Mary, on the phone last week, he told her about washing her hands frequently and then told her "no more hugs" for her nieces and nephews, in fact, he said. "they probably shouldn't come over for awhile.
Walsh added that among the steps the city is taking to help residents get through being stuck at home is to not ticket or tow cars on their designated street-cleaning day.
Walsh took note of the shelter-in-place directives issued in the San Francisco area and that are being contemplated by New York. "We are not at that point currently," he said
He added that the Boston Resiliency Fund, aimed at helping medical professionals, first responders and other people hit hard by Covid-19 changes, raised $10 million - half its goal - in 24 hours.
And he said he is confident that Bostonians will get through this. "We are a city of miracles and comebacks. There's nothing we can't do when we stand together. ...We've been down before, but we always get back up," he said.
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