As residents across the commonwealth are being urged to stay at home to keep safe and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there is also concern over the negative effects on one’s mental health from being cooped up inside for long periods of time. And that can be especially frustrating with the arrival of warmer weather.
In some locations, like along the sparsely populated beaches of the Outer Cape, getting outside is not a problem. But in densely developed cities, finding enough space to maintain physical distancing is not easy.
This conundrum has been highly debate in Cambridge, where City Councilors voted on Monday to allow the closure of Memorial Drive to cars in order to give residents more space to get outside while maintaining social distancing. The discussed closing potentially the entire length of the road, from the Eliot Bridge to the Longfellow Bridge.
Many residents, like Amy Flax, explained how hard it is to get outside while remaining a safe distance away from others.