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By adamg - 7/5/20 - 3:51 pm

Herrell's in the bucolic city of Northampton (started by Steve Herrell, yes, that Steve, and his wife) reports several incidents in which people got so, so mad when they were told to put on a mask or to take their cone to go - one even threw the cone at the server when told they couldn't eat it inside.

H/t Drew.

By adamg - 7/4/20 - 9:24 pm
Empty Hatch Shell on the Esplanade

Ron Newman this morning visited the Esplanade, which, in the Before Times, would have already been completely jammed with people awaiting the night's concert and fireworks.

By adamg - 7/4/20 - 11:00 am

Somerville announced yesterday it's pushing back its version of Gov. Baker's phase-3 reopening until at least July 13 - and might wait even longer to relax restrictions on health clubs, outdoor gatherings and movie theaters because of the continued escalation of Covid-19 in much of the country. Read more.

By adamg - 7/3/20 - 11:01 am

The Cape Cod Times reports on an allegedly charming fellow who reacted to being asked to put a mask on in a Plymouth restaurant by deliberately coughing on two patrons and telling them he hoped they just got coronavirus. Police caught up with him and now he's facing charges of two counts each of assault, threatening to commit murder and threatening to bomb or hijack and single counts of negligent driving and disturbing the peace as a subsequent offense.

By adamg - 7/3/20 - 9:49 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports Les Zygomates has closed for good.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 12:43 pm

COVID-19 Update: July 2, 2020

WBZ reports Gov. Baker announced Phase 3 of the state re-opening plan starts Monday and that various places will be able to re-open, but with reduced capacity - for example, gyms will only be able to open at 40% of their Before Times capacity, and members are supposed to wear masks even while lifting or pedaling. Read more.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 11:28 am

WBUR takes a look at the state's contact-tracing system, which has people assigned to get people things they need to stay in quarantine - even something as simple as some milk, so they don't walk to the local convenience store.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 9:44 am

Starting tomorrow, overnight visitors to Maine from New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are exempt from a state requirement that people from away have to either agree to shut themselves away for 14 days or provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test. Fortunately, one can still get lobster south of Kittery.

By adamg - 7/2/20 - 9:24 am

Manifest Boston, which organized the annual fall HubWeek and year-round forums with the Globe, Harvard, Mass. General and MIT, announced today it's throwing in the towel, because Covid-19 just proved too big a challenge for events that involve lots of people getting together in conference rooms. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/20 - 11:31 pm

Turtle Swamp Brewing announced today that it's re-opening its beer hall in the Roslindale Substation on Friday, noon to 10 p.m., but with more limited capacity, so it's suggesting calling ahead for reservations.

By adamg - 7/1/20 - 10:07 am
An empty Orange Line car

With people feeling freer to venture outside again, we haven't had many "empty city posts. But Chris Ferry shows us his Orange Line car shortly after 9:30 a.m today, and asks:

Is it luxury travel when you have the brand new orange line train to yourself?

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 10:23 pm

A federal judge today approved a request from Joseph Rachal, serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for robbing a Brighton Center bank at gunpoint to be allowed to finish the last 31 months of his sentence at home because he has tested positive for Covid-19 and because he is 68 and has high blood pressure, which could put him at extra risk of death should his condition worsen. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 9:25 pm

Today's official state Covid-19 dashboard shows something we haven't seen in a long time: No reported deaths due to the virus. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 3:44 pm

The state has issued a new travel advisory that exempts fellow New Englanders - and people from Northeast states that begin with "New" from having to self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving here, because unlike in much of the rest of the country, they seem to have gotten Covid-19 under control. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 2:01 pm

The owner of Assembly Sports Club in Somerville yesterday sued Gov. Baker over the state's continued ban on health clubs, arguing the ban deprives it of its Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and besides, Baker's just wrong because, as everybody knows, fitness clubs are too "essential," or at least as essential as the big-box stores Baker let stay open, except that it's even worse than that because all businesses are essential in our free-enterprise system. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/20 - 12:52 pm

UMass Amherst yesterday notified students and parents that students who want to return to campus this fall can do so, with major restrictions (like no visitors in their dorm rooms and the requirement to take a Covid-19 test on demand, oh, and most classes will be held remotely, anyway).

But the school says it has an option for students who are all about that campus life but who might not feel comfortable actually being on the state's largest public-university campus - its satellite campus 80 miles away in Newton. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/20 - 6:58 pm

Video Message from our President/CEO Gene Cassidy

The organizers of the Eastern States Exhibition in West Springfield announced today that the largest fair in New England has been canceled this fall due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/20 - 4:37 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he's been getting reports from residents along Day Boulevard that people are traipsing over from the beaches to use their yards as urinals. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/20 - 10:15 am

The Sustainable Business Network announced today it's canceled the Boston Local Food Festival on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, originally set for Sept. 20. Read more.

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