PEABODY, MA — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered a bit of a pleasant surprise to many affected businesses on Thursday when he announced the statewide 9:30 p.m. business curfew and stay-at-home advisory will end as of 5 a.m. Monday morning.
While the 25 percent capacity restriction remains in place, North Shore restaurant owners and recreation venue managers said it is a welcomed move that will help boost both revenue and spirits closing in on a year since the start of the coronavirus health crisis.
Here are their stories and a few others you may have missed on Patch this week.
Peabody Rink Welcomes More Skaters With State Curfew Put On Ice
James McVann-Louis O’Keefe Memorial Skating Rink Manager Paul LoGiudice said his phone started lighting up as soon as word got around that the state business curfew was going down Thursday afternoon.
For several private rental groups, as well as weekly over-40 men’s hockey league, that lost their ice time when Gov. Charlie Baker announced a 9:30 p.m. business curfew and stay-at-home advisory amid rising coronavirus rates in November, the puck will drop in the 10:15 p.m. time slot for the first time this season as soon as next week.
“A couple of the groups called me right away,” LoGiudice told Patch from the rink Friday morning. “They wanted to make sure we didn’t forget about them and asked if they can come and have their time back.”
North Shore Restaurants Say ‘Cheers’ To End Of 9:30 P.M. Curfew
Adam Drohan, owner of Paddy Kelly’s in Peabody and Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill in Salem, was among the restaurant owners throughout the North Shore who cheered on Thursday when Gov. Baker announced the end of the business curfew and stay-at-home advisory as of Monday morning.
Within hours, Paddy Kelly’s and Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill had Facebook posts up proclaiming they will be back open until 1 a.m. every night starting Monday.
“Talking with some industry friends it was a really nice surprise,” Drohan said. “Finally.”
North Shore Push For Teachers To Move Up Coronavirus Vaccine List
A group of 29 superintendents and union presidents from the North Shore sent Gov. Charlie Baker a letter on Friday urging him to reclassify educators into phase 1 of the state’s coronavirus vaccination rollout.
Moving teachers and other school staff into phase 1 would make them eligible to immediately register for the first shot of vaccination. Currently, teachers are in phase 2 of the vaccination schedule slated to run from February until April.
The North Shore Superintendents’ Round Table and Union Presidents cite Gov.Baker’s push for all schools to return to in-classroom learning as the reason why educators should be prioritized in the vaccination process along with other front line workers.
Danvers Takes Steps It Can To Help Boost Restaurants
In December, Danvers waived renewal fees for alcohol and entertainment licenses for all non-package store license holders. The town has made it easier for establishments to modify occupancy licenses to allow things such as outdoor seating and parking lot patio use without having to go through a public hearing.
This week, it launched the #TakeoutTuesday campaign in which each Monday the town will feature a nominated restaurant on its social media accounts and encourage residents to order takeout or delivery from that restaurant the next day.
Salem Restaurant ‘Map’ Aims To Boost Small Businesses
As many Salem restaurants do their best to push through winter with limited outdoor dining options and indoor seating capacity restrictions because of the coronavirus health crisis, residents have a chance to help boost their business through recommendations for favorite dishes and go-to spots.
A new online map will allow is designed to “remind diners of the many restaurant options that are available this winter.”
North Shore Medical Center Chief: Vaccination Is An Obligation
North Shore Medical Center President Dr. David Roberts said during a Salem Public Schools health and wellness forum Wednesday that coronavirus vaccination rates must reach “70 to 75 percent” of residents before life gets back to “normal.”
Roberts said it could take “another two or three years” to safely be around people not in your bubble without face masks, go to the movies and enjoy indoor dining without the vast majority of the population being willing to accept the vaccination.
Peabody Health Director Preaches Patience While Awaiting Vaccine
The job of a local public health director in the age of the coronavirus health crisis is often to advise with the best intentions without having all the answers. The goal is to do what’s right for the greater good of the community while understanding the frustration that comes amid a pandemic with no definitive end.
Peabody Public Health Director Sharon Cameron told Patch on Tuesday that is the reason behind continually asking residents to do anything they can to minimize their own exposure to the virus as North Shore hospitals are near capacity, community spread remains high and vaccines are still highly promising with no promise as to when they will be available for the general population.
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(Scott Souza is a Patch field editor covering Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @Scott_Souza.)
This article originally appeared on the Peabody Patch