Last Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker extended the stay at home advisory through May 4th. What does that mean? Basically, Baker is urging people to stay home and avoid any unnecessary activities. Of course, you can go to the supermarket, pharmacy and even take a walk.  But it’s not an excuse to socialize in groups or gather at parks.  Just keep moving. 

Last week, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that group sports activities have been suspended in Boston.  The city will be zip tying basketball hoops and removing hockey and tennis nets. 

Walsh also reminded everyone that a stay at home advisory is still in effect.  He referenced the fact that nice weather will be coming and that does not mean you should go to the beach, hang at a park or have people over for a cookout.  So please, please, please – stay home!  Walsh also issued a curfew from 9pm-6am through May 4th.

And if you have to go out, here are some guidelines to keep people healthy:

Wear a mask! Mayor Walsh is advising us all to wear one when out in public.

If you’re at the supermarket, butcher shop, liquor store, pharmacy etc. – give your neighbor some space.  It’s not a “normal” line/cue system anymore.  We need a buffer of 6 feet.  Kindly adhere to the rule.  

If you are walking or running and come upon another person doing the same, don’t pass shoulder to shoulder. Step aside to the right and let the person pass safely.

If you are walking, be aware of your surroundings.  Don’t have your head down looking at your phone.

If you’re going to walk/run, just do it locally.  No need to drive or take the MBTA to a place to walk/run in another neighborhood. Remember you’ve been ask to stay at home. If you need to get out, take a walk/run right out your front door. 

If you are in a public park/area, don’t walk in groups 4-5 across – people need to pass and need room to do so safely. Same goes for walking on the streets too. 

Don’t spit or shoot mucus out of your nose (aka snot rocket).  It’s gross on a normal day.  In pandemic times, it’s dangerous.  So don’t.

Please keep your dog on leash to avoid your dog running up to other dogs. This will help from dog owners getting too close to retrieve dogs.  And as always, please pick up your dog poop!

Avoid stopping to pet a dog.  We need to keep six feet apart.

Here is some more helpful information. 

Be safe out there!  Let’s flatten the curve together! 

Now go wash your hands!

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