Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic many would agree that Mayor Martin Walsh has led the city with a mix of compassion and authority.
Since the virus hit Boston in early spring 2020, Walsh has initiated citywide programs and funds that helped thousands of residents keep food on their table, a roof over their head and their small businesses open.
At the same time, Walsh wasn’t afraid to call out those who didn’t take the pandemic seriously and dished out stern warnings and consequences to residents who refused to wear masks in public, skirted city and state regulations or gathered in large groups.
All in all, Walsh’s job has not been easy for the last nine months and while there have been some bumps in the road throughout the pandemic, the Mayor last week thanked the majority of Boston for making his life a little easier.
Last week Walsh ended his press conference with a message of gratitude to the people of Boston.
“2020 has been one of the most challenging years we’ve ever seen,” said Walsh. “It has been a year we will never forget. But through it all, and despite the hardships, Boston has grown stronger and more united. As we head into 2021, and into a brighter future, let’s bring that same spirit and resilience with us.”
Walsh continued, “I want to close by thanking everyone who has played a role in our response and recovery. Every nurse, doctor, and healthcare worker who pulled long hours. Every public health worker who has been on the frontlines of this crisis, 24/7. Every first responder who continued to keep our communities safe and respond to emergencies. Every small business owner and employee who adapted their business to stay open. Every city worker who kept our services running, and every essential worker, in every part of our workforce. Every student, teacher, and parent who persevered through an uncertain academic year. Every shelter worker who kept our shelters open as safe options for our homeless community. Every donor to the Boston Resiliency Fund or another COVID-19 relief fund, to make sure people’s immediate needs were met. And every nonprofit and partner who made sure those resources were getting to the people who needed it most. Every resident who made a sacrifice — both big and small — to keep others safe.”
Walsh said he was proud to watch his city come together in extraordinary ways.
“From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. I say this a lot, but I mean it every time: I am proud to be the Mayor of the greatest city in the world,” said Walsh. “I’m looking forward to seeing better days with all of you, in 2021. I want to wish everyone a healthy, safe, and Happy New Year.”