BOSTON (CBS) – All restrictions on Massachusetts businesses may be lifted sooner than originally planned, as long as vaccinations in the state stay at the current pace. “If people want to get more normal faster, go get vaccinated,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “That is the fastest way to get us from here to there.”'I Don't Want To Be A Vigilante': Mikayla Miller's Mother Demands Justice At Hopkinton Rally
Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey set her sights on a later date for reopening, August 22, three weeks behind the rest of Massachusetts. “August is a long way away. Every week is a long week,” says Jack Gurnon, who owns Charles Street Supply Company Hardware in Beacon Hill.
He was surprised to hear New York City is reopening more than a month ahead of Boston.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
“I think it should be other way around,” said Persona Jewelry Store owner Gary Shteyman. He said one thing the pandemic has taught him is patience. “I don’t think it should be sooner. I feel like people are still getting used to new normal and I feel like it’s good timing,” he said.
But space in Beacon Hill is limited, and capacity restrictions cut into business. “We try and keep it to five people,” said Gurnon.MORE NEWS: 'Books For Hope' Auction Raising Money For COVID Relief In India
“Memorial Day should really be the deadline,” said Christopher Carlozzi, with the National Federation of Independent Business in Boston. “You’re losing June. You’re losing July. Those are two prime months for seasonal revenue. That means jobs that go with it too.”