The town has designated one dozen downtown parking spaces as “curbside pickup zones.” The zones are marked by signs that say “10 minute parking. Reserved. Curbside Pickup.
Support Local Needham Businesses,” and are located in front of retail stores and restaurants.
This campaign isn't really about parking because, sadly, it’s generally easy to find a parking in most commercial centers these days.
This is about doing everything we can to promote safe, contactless, local alternatives to Amazon and DoorDash.
“It will definitely be easier for our staff to accommodate customers who prefer to purchase items online and pick them up outside the store," says Jerry
Michelson of Michelson’s Shoes. "It’s also an added convenience for customers to pull right up to the spots and safely shop and dine locally without
having to get out of their cars.”
Of course, Michelson’s and many other businesses have been offering curbside pickup since the spring.
But having the support of your municipality makes a huge difference.
A step towards stopping the spread
Yesterday’s opening of a COVID-19 test site at the Riverside MBTA station required a lot of coordination from many people.
The drive through testing site right off of I-95 will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. They’re offering 120 appointment slots daily, and
will add more testing capacity in the coming weeks. Tests cost $80. They do not yet accept insurance.
“With COVID-19 cases on the rise, I know so many Newtonians will be glad to have a convenient, high-quality, drive-through test option close to home,”
said Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.
Thanks to the mayor, the MBTA and CIC for making this happen.
Additional testing news
A testing site also opened yesterday in Framingham,
only the tests there are free.
The state-funded COVID-19 testing site, in a parking lot owned by Framingham State at 484 Franklin Street, is operated by Project Beacon and requires advance appointments and uses a self-swabbing method in a drive-through format.
The Framingham site has a capacity to test set up to 1,000 test daily and reportedly was fully booked into next week by the end of Monday.
Waiting more than a week for an appointment is, of course, of limited use and does little to help businesses make timely decisions and illustrates why
we still need even more testing.
Today’s three need to knows
Union Pharmacy in Newton Centre is also offering a COVID-19 PCR test on weekdays. Out if pocket cost is $120. Please go here to book an appointment and choose the Union Pharmacy location.
Massachusetts courthouses will continue with limited in-person operations with most proceedings done remotely until Jan. 8, the Trial Court announced
Friday. Those with scheduled court business are advised to contact the court clerk for information about a specific courthouse. (WBUR)
MBTA brass suggested Monday that they’re backing off from some of those proposed service cuts because of feedback from the public and changing budget conditions,
including a new possibility of federal funding.
The T’s original proposal eliminated some bus routes, late-night bus service, late-night rapid transit service, weekday commuter rail service after 9 p.m.,
and weekend commuter rail. (CommonWealth).
Yikes, that's a lot of closed restaurants!
More than 110,000 restaurants have closed permanently or long-term nationwide, the National Restaurant Association reported Monday.
The nationwide tally — representing one in six restaurants — was up from about 100,000 shutdowns in a September survey, Bloomberg reports.
In a business that has always operated on razor thin margins, 59 percent of operators said their total labor costs as a percentage of sales are higher
than they were pre-pandemic.
Thirty-seven percent of restaurateurs say it is unlikely they will still be in business six months from now if there are no additional government relief
The Washington Post published a sobering article this weekend about more than two dozen federal stimulus programs designed to help cash-strapped workers and businesses
that are set to expire in the next few weeks,
Baker hints at coming changes
The pressure continues to mount on Gov. Charlie Baker to impose new restrictions on economic activity, with the Globe reporting over the weekend about
a group of mayors and a leading health expert calling for further restrictions.
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