BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Boston police have released a safety and security plan to keep visitors and local college students safe at this year’s Boston Marathon.
On Tuesday, Superintendent in Chief Gregory Long announced a plan to place officers along the marathon’s course and asked students for their cooperation.
“The City of Boston takes pride in this event, and we ask that you play a role in our effort to ensure that we are a shining example of good sportsmanship, pride, and most of all, resilience,” Long said in a letter addressed to students.
The letter is in response to the Wellesley Scream Tunnel – a popular halfway mark in the race where many college students gather to hug, kiss and cheer on runners.
However, due to the concerns over the Coronavirus, the Boston Athletics Association (BAA) has asked onlookers to refrain from participating in this tradition.
“From guests traveling with athletes to spectators cheering on participants, everyone is encouraged to take efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” The BAA wrote on their website.
“These efforts may include being fully vaccinated, getting tested for COVID-19 prior to any travel, wearing a mask when you cannot socially distance over race week, refraining from kissing a stranger around the halfway mark of the Boston Marathon," the organization continued.
Long told students that public intoxication and smoking marijuana will not be tolerated. Gatherings on rooftops, porches and fires escapes will also be prohibited.
The BAA also just recently announced the 125th Boston Marathon programming, starters, grand marshals and grant recipients.
WBZ NewsRadio will be providing coverage of the race, scheduled for Monday, October 11.
WBZ’s Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) has more on the Wellesley Kissing Tunnel: