‘We’re business as usual’: Local restaurants ready for alfresco dining
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Restaurants in Springfield are 100% ready to open this summer after restrictions for the past two years.
“We are operating as usual,” Nadim Kashouh, owner of Nadim’s Downtown Mediterranean Grill, told 22News. “People want to go out, we’ve been locked down because of COVID, and then there’s…winter came, and now everything is opening up.
Governor Charlie Baker announced on Friday that he is signing legislation that will expand pandemic rules and make it easier for cities and towns to allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining. Nadim’s will once again offer outdoor seating. This is something that has been helping businesses since the start of the pandemic.
“It was mostly more take-out and pick-up and take-out, now the dining room has resumed and is kind of back to the pre-pandemic days…we’re busy,” Nadim said .
Across the Commonwealth, many businesses have been able to adapt and offer outdoor services, and now that mask mandates and public health precautions have been lifted, many local restaurants will be open and ready to serve the public.
“Certainly the outdoors would be better for fresh air,” said Andrew Fletcher of Springfield. “It’s all sort of based on our life on COVID now, so just try to be safe and enjoy a good meal and the atmosphere and be outside.
All COVID restrictions have been lifted in the city of Springfield but businesses are ready, if need be, to roll back if cases rise again.