Mayor Walsh said that with Boston Covid-19 numbers coming down - although still high - the city is ending restrictions on a variety of public facilities and activities.
On Feb. 1, gyms and other indoor athletic facilities, museums, movie theaters, the Aquarium and sightseeing tours, will be able to re-open, subject to state capacity and gathering limits - no more than 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. Walsh ordered them shut in December as Covid-19 numbers escalated rapidly.
Walsh said the latest citywide test positivity rate is 7.2%, down from 7.5% the week before. He said positivity numbers are down in every neighborhood, although he acknowledged the numbers are still higher than he'd like to see.
Marty Martinez, chief of health and human services, added that the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in Boston has also been coming down.
Both, however, said the virus is still out there and people need to keep doing all the usual stuff: Wear masks, socially distance, avoid crowds and wash their hands.