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WBZ-TV's Tiffany Chan reports.
KEN MACLEOD: Good news for many restaurants in Waltham today as traffic barriers have gone up along Moody Street and outdoor dining has resumed. So restaurants that have struggled during COVID restrictions will now have the chance to serve more customers and consequently make more money. WBZ's Tiffany Chan is live for us tonight on Moody Street with that story. Tiffany.
TIFFANY CHAN: Yeah, Ken. The restaurants and shops here along Moody Street are really the backbone of this area. And as you can tell, with the warm weather, people are really flocking to these areas eating, drinking, enjoying themselves. It's also a relief for restaurant owners.
HAFSA LEWIS: It's obviously super exciting. We need this desperately. I think people need community. They definitely need flowers, art, and good food.
TIFFANY CHAN: What more could you ask for on a day like this? A portion of Moody Street in Waltham was completely transformed overnight. Colorful dining chairs and cherry blossom planters replaced parking spots as people enjoyed the sun over some food and drinks with friends. It's the second year the city made this stretch of Moody Street pedestrian only, giving restaurants more outdoor dining space during a pandemic.
ERIN BARNACLE: This means we stay alive. We're keeping our doors open.
JEFF ABELLARD: Today's the first day. It's a little hectic. We're getting used to it. It's like having a whole new element to our restaurant. But it's going. And it's been great. People are excited. We're excited. So it's been good.
TIFFANY CHAN: And with mask restrictions easing up here in Massachusetts, it's really giving people a boost of confidence to come out again. And restaurants are also doing a couple of things to keep people interested like this flower wall for Instagram selfies and whatnot. And of course, these restaurant owners are telling me for those who are high risk, they really depend on these outdoor seating. And they also rely on customers to keep business running. From Waltham, I'm Tiffany Chan for WBZ News.