BOSTON (WHDH) – Restaurant owners said they are confident that Massachusetts, which lifts COVID-19 restrictions later this month, will finally bring business back to normal.
Effective May 29, the state will lift its mask recommendation and allow 100 percent capacity in restaurants, Governor Charlie Baker said Monday. Bob Luz, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, said the return to pre-coronavirus standards was just in time.
“This really allows us to be one step ahead of the tourist season. We don’t think it will be a national or international tourist season, but we think it will be a strong tourist season, ”said Luz. “This is the best day restaurants have had since March 14, 2020.”
In Tres Gatos on the Jamaica Plain they have been filling up lately.
“We’re all excited about the prospect of putting our masks down and greeting our guests without masks,” said co-owner David Doyle. “The challenge for us is that this is an adjustment that we need to make pretty quickly. I want to make sure that all the decisions we make are comfortable for my employees internally. “
Worcester-based Mexican restaurant owner Eduardo Cazares, El Patron, said they made it for that moment.
“It will definitely bring in more customers,” he said. “I think people will be more comfortable eating out and it will bring a sense of normalcy to our lives.”
Many customers agree, as long as people are honest that they don’t need a mask.
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