Mayor Walsh is fed up, if not yet fed up enough to make public face covering mandatory: "If you're a millennial and you don't want to wear a mask because it doesn't look cool, well I don't really care about that."
Walsh said that South Boston saw an increase over the past week of both people testing positive for Covid-19 and young people "running and walking on the beach with no face masks" - and that those two facts might very well be related. And you young'uns, stop going into stores without a mask - just because you think you're not infected doesn't mean you aren't, and you could be endangering store workers and other shoppers.
In addition to masking up, Walsh also said social distancing is vital to slow the spread of the virus: If you and a family member go out and see a couple friends and you call them over, and then they see some people and call them over, before you know it, you have a crowd in a circle and that defeats the whole point of social distancing, he said. If you go to a park and see a crowd, "turn around," he said.
Walsh added it's time to stop speeding, that just because there are fewer cars on the road these days, doesn't mean you're now a driver at Daytona.
Walsh gives a shoutout to cemetery workers: City-owned cemeteries have seen tripling of burials. The workers are now often the last people to say goodbye to the deceased. He tells people whose relatives have died: "Know they weren't alone, they were surrounded by caring people."
He continued that his goal is to re-open schools in September, but the key question is: How? Remains to be determined, and students and parents need proof it will be safe.