Phase 2: Local residents react to limited reopening of Massachusetts businesses

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The restaurants closed since mid-March have been accessible only for take out. But starting Monday, we’ll be able to have a meal served outside.

A cautious move that appeals to people looking forward to the day when all restrictions can finally be lifted.

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“Staying in the house, having no place to go with Phase 2 getting into place, it’s very awesome because you can outdoors, enjoy yourself with your family,” Ernie Harrison of Springfield told 22News.

Mayor Sarno and Governor Baker have moved slowly and cautiously to make certain the re-opening of Massachusetts wouldn’t have a detrimental impact on the coronavirus levels.

Amid the general acceptance of phase 2, provisions in Springfield is the concern of residents that the city isn’t moving too fast in the face of the pandemic.

“As long as everything’s done safely,” said Chris Kosowski. “At this point, businesses are either going to thrive and pick back up to somewhere where it was.”

But as Springfield’s dining out public prepares to sit down and be served outside a favorite restaurant, they’re hoping before too long, they’ll have permission to go inside, the way it used to be.

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