Boston’s iconic duck boat tours allowed to start up again at reduced capacity

BOSTON — Boston moves into Phase 3 of re-opening on Monday, a week behind the rest of the state.

Among the attractions allowed to start up at a reduced capacity, Boston’s iconic duck boat tours have fired up their engines.

“I don’t see anyone else here so I assume we’re the only ones,” said Jean Dennis, a Mashpee resident.

Only ten people can ride on the boats at a time, wearing masks throughout the entire tour. Bostonians are used to seeing the boats line up in Copley Square, but this time only one can leave per hour.

Visitors said they’re taking advantage of the open space while they can.

“It will be fun, I’ve never been on one of these so it’s fun! Been all over the world, I’ve never been to one of these,” said Marge Togtman, visiting from Chicago.

Togtman’s trip was planned back in February, but she decided to go ahead with it despite the pandmic. The duck boat tour was the first thing on their list. Other businesses able to open on Monday; museums, movie theaters, casino gaming floors, driving ranges, gyms and bowling alleys.

“I feel really good until I have to put this on and then I hate it. but I’m glad everything’s open and I hope things open and people can back to work, kids can get back to school, people can get back to doing what they like to do, go out eat do stuff, have fun,” said Dennis.

Museums in Boston have mostly decided to hold off on opening their doors to the public.

Boston Children’s Museum will re-open on July 17th to members only. The Museum of Science will open July 26th, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will open July 15th, and the Museum of Fine Arts will aim for an early Fall opening.

Each place will be limiting capacity and making sure people are kept at a safe distance, following all safety guidelines.

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