I attended an event with a friend a few weeks ago. Admission was $21 per person. Most of the activities were outdoors and it was a warm sunny day. I neglected to take along a bottle of water. As I grew thirsty from the heat of the day, I discovered that all of the public drinking fountains were shut down – “because of Covid”.
I was able to find a booth that sold water, and it cost me $4 for 16 ounces in plastic disposable bottle – that we all know will not get “recycled”.
I thought to myself, “There ought to be a law”, but there is not. I am told there are no laws, no rules that require any event to provide water at no cost. It seems there ought to be, Covid or not. A simple cooler with a spigot at the bottom and a dispenser of paper cups is all I ask for at minimum at all venues and events that charge an admission fee. Let’s say one ten cooler for every 80 people per hour. I realize this would be a cost to the event holders but so are public rest rooms and fire extinguishers. Frankly I would have little objection to pay a $25 admission fee and have access to free water.
Are there any legislators in the Massachusetts House or Senate willing to make this a law?