Coronavirus Changes 'One Boston Day' Traditions


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Wednesday marks the seventh anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that took the lives of three people and injured hundreds. This year, the coronavirus is changing the way the tragedy is being commemorated.

In a video message, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the city has celebrated One Boston Day "through solemn reflection and with acts of kindness, big and small." However, he said the city is currently "battling a major public health crisis.The coronavirus pandemic is testing our city's strength and resilience once again."

"We won't be able to host in-person events or volunteer projects for One Boston Day this year," Walsh said. "But in many ways, the positive impact that people can make this year is bigger than ever. The spirit behind One Boston Day is more important than ever."

Walsh went on to ask Boston residents to keep practicing physical distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. "This is how we support the most vulnerable among us, like the elderly, and people with health conditions," he said. "So this year, for One Boston Day we're asking you to stand together by staying apart."

Not only is Boston reflecting on the tragic events of seven years ago, but also on those who have been affected by the coronavirus, including first responders.

On Tuesday, Boston Police Officer Jose Fontanez passed away because of the virus. He was a 29-year veteran of the department.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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