Although they have remained in operation since the late 1800s, this year, the Swan Boats are getting a much-needed break. To help keep the COVID-19 pandemic at bay, Boston's beloved Swan Boats are on a temporary quarantine. Much to the dismay of locals, if you had planned on hopping into a Swan Boat this summer, you had better make some new plans. For the first time in 145 years, the Swan Boats have been brought to a screeching halt.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, every business is doing its part in order to protect its staff and customers. Owned by the Paget family, after reviewing all of their options, they decided to keep their business closed until 2021. Nevertheless, although it obviously provides Boston residents with even fewer entertainment options, the company feels that staying closed this year is their only option. Apparently, given that their business is small and intimate, they felt it would be too big of a risk to reopen in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than sacrificing the quality of service or putting people at risk to enjoy the Swan Boats, the company simply decided to take a breather for the first time in over a century, which is a decision they stand by, according to the message that was written on their website.
Overall, despite the fact that the Swan Boats are not reopening this year, there are still plenty of safe activities for Bostonians. Although this is a bit of a blow during these unprecedented times, residents can still look forward to the company reopening next year. Either way, it does seem that the Paget family is doing their part to keep themselves as well as all of their customers safe. Putting progress over profit is always a commendable act.