Swan Boats will not operate until 2021 over COVID-19 concerns

“The decision is one we believe is necessary and will mark a first in our 145 years of operation.”

The swan boats at the Boston Public Garden.Boston’s swan boats, seen here at the Boston Public Garden.
The Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden. –David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

For the first time in 145 years, there will be no Swan Boats ferrying passengers around the lagoon at the Boston Public Garden.

The Paget family, which operates the iconic vessels, has announced the business will hold off opening until 2021 out of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. Under the state’s reopening guidelines, the company would be allowed to operate under Phase 3, which began in Boston on Monday.

The family said it “thoroughly reviewed” its options under the guidelines released by the state and determined it was best to wait until 2021.

“Our business is a small and intimate environment that brings people together in a memorable away,” they wrote in a message on the Swan Boats website. “As a result, we face some unique challenges in our operation that make it difficult to assure the level of safety we are committed to providing. The decision is one we believe is necessary and will mark a first in our 145 years of operation. We appreciate and value the support so many people have shown while we navigate our course during these unprecedented times.”

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