BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Mayor Marty Walsh said there are a number of concerns being raised about how some Boston residents are behaving during the pandemic.
During a press conference on Friday, Mayor Walsh said people are still forming groups in public spaces, by stopping to talk to each other when they're outside.
"If you're going for a walk and you see a crowd in front of you, turn around and leave, it's that simple," said Walsh. "Protect yourself, which ultimately protects your family, and others around you."
Although there has been a reduction in the level of traffic, crashes, and crash fatalities in the city due to more people working from home, Walsh said there have been other concerns on the road.
"With less traffic, what we're starting to see is increased speed," said Walsh. "So the crashes that do happen have been more severe due to the high speed impact. Even an increase of 4 to 5 miles per hour can make a big difference in terms of injuries, and even possible death."
Mayor Walsh said local residents have also been calling and emailing city hall, expressing concerns about the lack of face coverings they are seeing on people outside, particularly young people.
"If you're a millennial and you don't want to wear a mask because it doesn't look cool, well I really don't care about that," said Walsh. "What I want you to do is make sure that you take care of the people around you, and put a mask on."
The term Millennial refers to anyone born between the years 1981 and 1996, meaning anyone between 24 and 39 years old.
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