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Even with Structured Reopening, Local Businesses Struggle to Return to Normal

Even with Structured Reopening, Local Businesses Struggle to Return to Normal

June 18, 2020

On May 18th, Charlie Baker announced a new phased reopening plan in Massachusetts. Each phase will allow different types of businesses to reopen and give more freedom to store owners and customers. Due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, local businesses have taken a destructive hit. Some stores and restaurants have filed for bankruptcy, while others were able to make money virtually, allowing them to stay open. As the long-lasting economic effects of the pandemic are still unclear, many local businesses in Cambridge remain uncertain of their future. Even though the phased reopening plan allows many businesses to partially reopen their services, the level of operation previous to COVID-19 is impossible. Compounding to the past couple of months where every non-essential business has been shut, a partial reopening does not put businesses on the economic track they need to be on. For example, Jeffrey Mayersohn, co-owner of the Harvard Book Store, told the Register Forum over email, “The reality is that, until we can again host many customers in the store, at author readings, and at our warehouse, we will face continued challenges.” Until business can return completely back to normal, there is no telling how the economic fallout will affect companies.

CRLS Students Speak Out About Protests in Boston

CRLS Students Speak Out About Protests in Boston

June 17, 2020

On Sunday, May 31st, many students from CRLS attended a protest in Boston in response to the killing of George Floyd. For most of the protest, things wer...

Virtual Women in Politics Forum Brings Cambridge Leaders Together in Conversation

Virtual Women in Politics Forum Brings Cambridge Leaders Together in Conversation

June 17, 2020

Following weeks of planning, the Women in Politics virtual forum took place over Zoom on Wednesday, June 10th. Hosted by the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard Univ...

Celebrity Responses to Black Lives Matter Protests

Celebrity Responses to Black Lives Matter Protests

June 16, 2020

In the past few weeks, incidents of police brutality and violence against black individuals have been gaining more attention. While there has always been rac...

Racially-Charged Killing of Ahmaud Arbery Shakes Nation

Racially-Charged Killing of Ahmaud Arbery Shakes Nation

June 16, 2020

A shaky video shows Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, jogging down a road in the suburban neighborhood of Satilla Shores in Glynn County, Georgia...

Armando's Pizza has been serving Cambridge pizza for a long time—the pandemic hasn't stopped that.

Armando’s Pizza: More Than Pizza In a Time of Uncertainty

June 16, 2020

Just by stepping into Armando's Pizza it becomes instantaneously apparent that business has not lulled for owner and Armando’s grandson, Michael Bonavita,...

The Challenges of COVID-19 For Colleges and Their Students

The Challenges of COVID-19 For Colleges and Their Students

June 16, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year ends virtually, colleges across the nation are grappling with how to proceed with the fall semester. Returning students ar...

NASA’s Launch with SpaceX Marks Historic Moment in Space Travel

NASA’s Launch with SpaceX Marks Historic Moment in Space Travel

June 16, 2020

At 3:22 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, May 30th, the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 spacecraft from the Kennedy Space Center made history within the world of space travel and beyond. The craft was headed to the International Space Station carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who will stay at the ISS for at least the next month. According to a NASA press release, this launch took place to “validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations,” and was SpaceX’s first test of this mission involving astronauts on board. This spacecraft launch stands out against past launches because it is the first one that is sending astronauts into orbit in a craft made by a private company—in this case, SpaceX, whose founder and chief engineer Elon Musk called this event “a dream come true.” The launch attracted worldwide attention, even bringing President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence to the site to watch in person.

Food Businesses Navigate Social Distancing Mandates with Support Cambridge Community

Azusa Lippit, Around School Editor

May 28, 2020

With social distancing guidelines in place for Cambridge, businesses selling food have continued to operate, though not without a fair amount of difficulty. Safely procuring food is one of the biggest concerns for Cantabridgians staying in their homes, and it is up to local businesses to take measures to protect their staff and customers. Richard S., a manager at Broadway Market, told the Register Forum, “We’ve had to come up with different options: online ordering, curbside pickup, and senior hours. We have the whole store protected with plexiglass, and everyone is wearing masks and gloves.”  Broadway Market, located next to CRLS, is normally filled by students and teachers throughout the school day, but with no school, that has changed. As far as the location goes, Broadway is incredibly fortunate; conveniently in the flow of traffic as students go to and from school, a significant portion of business comes from CRLS holding classes on campus. Businesses neighboring the school are particularly feeling  the absence of students. “Financially… we’re maintaining, let’s put it that way,” Richard S. continued. “We hope to get back to some semblance of normal, but hopefully [CRLS and Harvard students] will be back in school eventually, lunches will be back, and our revenues will change.”

Dreams Since Social Distancing Have Become More Vivid

Dreams Since Social Distancing Have Become More Vivid

May 26, 2020

I sat under the table in an abandoned cafe in NYC. I thought I had defeated the robot gorilla—but, really, who could be sure? After a few minutes of...

Small businesses are getting some support from the government, but many business owners worry that it won't be enough.

Small Businesses in Cambridge, Adapting as Best They Can, Worry About the Future

April 30, 2020

On March 10th, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, closing all non-essential businesses until at least May 4th. While t...

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