Local residents, business owner react to MA reopening news

WESTWOOD, Mass. — It’s news that had customers and staff buzzing inside Lamberts Rainbow Market in Westwood.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Kevin Gomes.

Gomes is a musician, so the announcement from MA Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday lifting all coronavirus-related restrictions on May 29 is very good news for his band, KG Express.

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“I’m an entertainer. It practically shut everything down for me for a whole year,” Gomes said.

A major move forward in a year with plenty of setbacks.

“You know, I had to push my wedding back – a day, a month a year, you know, it’s exciting things are getting back to normal. The wedding is happening this weekend, so we are super excited,” said Steven, a Lambert’s customer on Monday.

Inside Lamberts, it means the likely return of the salad bar. It accounted for half of their business before it was shut down due to the pandemic. Simple and big things in a year that shook us all.

“I never thought we would be in this predicament but thank God, it looks like its behind us,” said another customer.

Gov. Baker said it will be up to businesses to decide what to do about wearing masks. For Nino Lambert, he’ll wait and see what his customers want.

“We have to above all make the customers feel safe, if they want us to wear masks, we will wear them, I would love to ditch it – but ultimately it’s up to the customers,” Lambert said.

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