Holyoke, Mass. (WWLP) – We’re now in the midst of a more favorable climate for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions.
Governor Charlie Baker announced earlier this week that the 9:30 p.m. restaurant curfew will expire starting Monday. Restaurant owners here in the Pioneer Valley are delighted.
Peter Rosskothen, the owner of the Delaney House restaurant in Holyoke, told 22News he’s ecstatic over the Governor’s decision to drop the 9:30 p.m. curfew starting Monday.
“Now they can stay longer with us. They don’t have to rush home and be home before 10 o’clock. That is all gone as of Monday,” Rosskothen told 22News.
Prior to the pandemic, the restaurant was accustomed to late nights.
Rosskothen said, “Our normal time for people to leave was close to midnight.”
Now with the curfew being lifted, the owner said things in that respect can go back to normal.
“I think these are the right steps right now. It just adds optimism.”
However, the 25 percent capacity rule is still in effect, and will be until at least February 8. A restriction the owner of Nadim’s in Springfield wishes would also end on Monday.
“I think it’s time for us to go to 50%, as we can see there’s ample seating. Ample tables for us to keep people more than six feet apart,” Nadim Kashouh, owner of Nadim’s told 22News.
At the Springfield restaurant, 25 percent capacity is only about 30 people. Nadim said even loosing the restriction to 30 or 40 percent would make a bit of a difference.
“We don’t have to worry about going around and counting how many people we have,” Nadim said. “Let us do the business that we need to survive to stay in business.”
The curfew will be lifted 5 a.m. Monday for places like gyms, movie theaters arcades.