By: Kyle Stucker, Foster's Daily Democrat
Monday brought a taste of old routines and warm company for Paul and Tom Myers, two brothers who were among the many local residents who happily embraced new outdoor dining options available in the Tri-Cities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s so refreshing,” said Paul Myers, adding that being able to return to their weekly pilgrimage to The Nook, a breakfast and lunch restaurant in downtown Dover, made them realize how much they’ve been missing social interactions and experiences. “It’s amazing.”
Eateries and other area businesses had been largely shuttered or reduced to takeout and curbside sales over the past two months to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Dozens of restaurants throughout the Seacoast provided outdoor dining on Monday, some for the first time ever, in accordance with Gov. Chris Sununu’s phased reopening of the state.
As of early Monday afternoon, 20 Dover restaurants, 15 Rochester restaurants and five Somersworth restaurants had been granted local permits to provide such outdoor service, according to the municipalities.
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