Coronavirus forcing last-minute shoppers to get creative for Mother’s Day

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Covid-19 is forcing western Massachusetts residents to celebrate Mother’s Day differently this year.

With so many retail stores and restaurants closed, people have had to think outside the box. Since people can’t take their moms out to eat this Mother’s Day, take-out has become a big hit.

Bill Collins, owner of Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow told 22News that the restaurant has had to re-evaluate how they do business.

“The response to Mother’s Day has been unbelievable,” he said. “I think a lot of people were hoping to have the state open by this point and we’d love to be open in a full capacity.”

Collins noted, “We want to keep everyone safe by following the rules so we are going along with take-out.”

The closing of so many small businesses has made grocery stores busier than ever. The Stop & Shop in West Springfield was very busy Saturday with last minute Mother’s Day shoppers.

Whether it was flowers, cards, or groceries shoppers could get everything they need at the supermarket to show their appreciation for mom.

“You probably would have had to been a little better prepared than I was this year,” Tyson Rose, a teacher from Amherst told 22News. “I haven’t had any real time to do stuff. And I noticed they had a lot of flowers here and I went in and found a really nice bouquet.

Local florists who were recently allowed back in their stores, have also been busy taking orders over the phone and online. They’ll be delivering Mother’s Day flowers Sunday, without any contact with customers.

22News wishes all the mothers out there a very happy Mother’s Day.

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