Even as Boston relaxes its Covid-19 restrictions more next week and museums and other tourist attractions begin to re-open, Mayor Walsh isn't expecting an immediate return to our traditional tourst-crammed streets.
"We're still a bit away before we see that booming thriving tourism industry,'" Walsh, whose City Hall office overlooks Faneuil Hall, said at a press conference today. He said that as people watch their own cities' Covid-19 numbers rise exponentially, they're not going to want to get on a plane or in a car and come here. Yet.
Walsh was optimistic and said that Boston's success to date in tamping down Covid-19 numbers could one day become a tourist attraction all by itself - people might want to come here because they know they're unlikely to contract the virus here.
We could be the first city that truly recovers from Covid-19 and people, when they start to travel again, come to Boston because our numbers are so low.
Walsh did not discuss how the city might protect its residents from potential Covid-19 infection from visitors coming from places with high Covid-19 rates.
Theoretically, visitors from outside New England, New York and New Jersey are supposed to self quarantine for two weeks after arriving in Massachusetts, but the state is not actively enforcing that.