DEDHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Under the state's newly-tightened COVID-19 restrictions, stores, salons, and restaurants in Dedham had a slow post-Christmas weekend.
Many businesses were closed altogether, and several had signs that read "By Appointment Only." The Dedham Community theater is also closed until further notice.
The updated COVID-19 restrictions went into effect in Massachusetts the day after Christmas, further limiting capacity restrictions in public and private spaces in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
The state's restrictions now include a 25 percent limit for businesses like restaurants, retail businesses, personal services, theaters, casinos and other indoor recreational activities.
The new limit also impacts office spaces, places of worship, libraries, museums and gyms and fitness facilities. Indoor gatherings are currently capped at 10 people, while outdoor gatherings will be capped at 25 people.
Gina Pasciuto, who works across the street from the Dedham Community theater at Blue Bunny book store and cafe, said she supports Gov. Baker’s current expanded COVID-19 restrictions.
"I think it's definitely a good thing we're in a structured cautiousness, instead of completely shutting down," Pascuito said.
However, if there is another coronavirus spike after the holidays, Pasciuto said she's worried about another possible shutdown for retail stores and restaurants.
"It's kind of worrying to have that all at the back of your mind, as you're trying to do your job still," Pasciuto said.
WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville reports:
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