BOSTON (CBS) — Memorial Day weekend is a time when many plan to have a cookout or go to the beach. But in this time of the coronavirus, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is urging residents not to attend large gatherings.

The mayor says he has “major concerns” about people getting together over the holiday weekend, especially as the weather gets nicer.

“You certainly shouldn’t be going to cookouts,” Walsh said.

Massachusetts is set to allow beaches to open back up on Memorial Day under Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan, but the mayor is urging beachgoers to be cautious.

“I have major concerns (when it comes to parks and beaches),” said Walsh. “I am personally asking people don’t be hanging on the beach. Go on walks, practice social distancing. Don’t be playing volleyball on the beach.”

There are no plans, however, for Boston police to step up patrols for the sole purpose of enforcing social distancing this weekend.

“Our police department, the job they should be doing is making sure that people are safe,” Walsh said. “We shouldn’t have to be going around explaining to people something they already know.”

Walsh is instead asking that residents decorate their homes with American flags and patriotic symbols to honor those who gave their lives for the country this Memorial Day.

Comments (2)
  1. Vincent Vega says:

    Hey Maaahty, You have your sign language interpreter right? Well I think most resident want to give you a hand sign that everyone understands. Are they pathetic tyrants or are we more pathetic for following their dictatorial rules. From Peter Finch in Network “I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”.

  2. beachboy2020 says:

    Where is the double blind peer reviewed research that beach volleyball ( say 2 people on Olympic sized court) is a primary vector for Corona spread ?

    Was the problem in Wuhan and Belgium, that everyone was out playing beach volleyball ?
    That seems to be what nobel prize winning scientist Marty Walsh thinks…

    No I am not giving medical advice nor advising people to play it.

    Just saying, I don’t see any scientific proof that Walsh is right here.

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