By: Karen Dandurant, SeacoastOnline.com
Seacoast residents out and about Saturday said they are thrilled to be outside, while hoping everyone was socially well behaved and remembered the pandemic.
Ellen and Kevin Belleville, and their dog Lulu, came from Massachusetts to have lunch at The District in Portsmouth. Ellen said they can still only do takeout in Massachusetts.
“We are being really careful,” Ellen said. “We have been here before and really wanted to come sit outside and have lunch. The District is dog friendly and I wish more places were.”
Jack Durkin, a server at The District, said they are all happy to be working again. He said they have been busy since they opened.
“I think the outdoor dining is a nice reintroduction to everyday life,” Durkin said. “It’s been a great day and people are all super happy.”
It wasn’t beach weather for Memorial Day weekend, and the beaches do not open until June 1, so people in Market Square were enjoying a bit of shopping.
At Bull Moose Records, manager Mackenzie Keefe said she has been at the store five days a week, even during the quarantine.
“We started off doing mail service, sending out about 100 packages a week,” Keefe said. “Then we went to curbside pickup, and last Monday we opened for customers.”
Bull Moose customers are required to wear a mask and no more than eight people will be allowed in the store at one time. Yellow taped squares on the sidewalk mark off the correct physical distancing.
“People have been really good about wearing a mask,” Keefe said. “A few grumbled but then they did it anyway. We want people to feel comfortable, but we want it to be safe.”
Patrick Shaughnessy and Mark Deprizio, and their dog Harper, enjoyed sandwiches on a bench in Market Square.
“I am from Manhattan, but I have not been there in a long time,” Deprizio said, noting COVID-19 has kept him here. Shaughnessy is from Salem, Mass. The two went to high school together and became long-time friends.
“We went hiking today with Harper,” Deprizio said. “Then we came here for lunch. What I have been missing the most are restaurants and the beach.”
Sarah Kenny and Akira Sano of Dover said it was a good weekend to get out and have lunch. They were at the Garrison City Beerworks, eating at the restaurant’s outdoor seating.
“We have both been working remotely,” Sano said. “Our daily life hasn’t changed that much since we are still working. But, we were definitely starting to feel a little crazy.”
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