New security measures announced for this year’s Boston Marathon
By John Vibes
BOSTON, MA (INTELLIHUB) — This week, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz announced that attendees of this years marathon will be prohibited from carrying backpacks, over-the-shoulder bags, coolers and costumes or masks of any kind. These rules also apply to people who will be participating in the race.
The runners will also go through a more intense screening process, and this year it is required that all runners register to be included in the race.
“If you are going to carry personal items, we ask and urge you to carry them in clear plastic bags,” he said Monday during a news conference at the MEMA bunker in Framingham. “These simple guidelines, if followed, will comfort people, particularly in crowded, dense areas, and will help ensure the safety of the event.”
“Our primary goal is to preserve the traditional feel and character of the Boston Marathon,” Schwartz said. “Our safety and security plan accomplishes this goal.”
Spectators and participants in the race will also be required to go through multiple checkpoints, where uniformed officers will be standing with drug sniffing dogs.
The number of police officers patrolling this year’s Boston Marathon will be doubled to over 3,500.
This year’s Boston Marathon will be a total police state, and it is likely that the whole city will be on heavy lock down.