Business owners told WBZ-TV they’re definitely seeing an uptick in foot traffic now that the state is fully reopened. WBZ-TV's Mike LaCrosse reports.
DAVID WADE: No rain and no masks. For the first time in more than a year, people were out and about in Boston today with everything open, enjoying the sights and the freedom of taking those masks off. WBZ's Mike LaCrosse is live for us in Boston tonight. Mike, lot of happy people out there with everything reopened.
MIKE LACROSSE: David, very happy people, and you can see them smiling. I got to say this is the busiest I've seen the city of Boston in quite some time.
The sights and sounds of spring returning to Faneuil Hall on this Monday holiday. People are excited they can finally get out of the house after a rainy few days.
- We thought there was going to be more rain. And we figured we'd give it a shot, see if we lasted an hour, and we've been in here about three hours already.
MIKE LACROSSE: Business owners telling us they're definitely seen an uptick in foot traffic now that the state is fully reopened.
PETER LUNGO: It's been very, very busy compared to last year. So, we're definitely grateful to see that and grateful to see people out and about.
MIKE LACROSSE: Over at the Boston Public Garden, families were lining up for a ride on the swan boats, just one of the numerous activities on people's outdoor to-do list.
- We walked down Charles Street, and we are going to walk down-- actually, rollerblade down Comm Ave. and just hang out outside because it stopped raining.
MIKE LACROSSE: Many people tell us seeing faces without masks on is making them feel like life is back to normal.
JIM LEGER: And we can't stop smiling right now. I mean, you get to see what everyone looks like, the little kids, adults, everyone's smiling. It's just asked me back in Boston.
LOGAN SHARMA: I feel really hopeful. It's great to see everyone outside It just feels a little bit like moving back to the dorm, which is really nice.
MIKE LACROSSE: And despite the state being fully reopened, there are still a lot of people wearing their masks. And it's also still a requirement in a lot of businesses. Reporting from downtown Boston, I'm Mike LaCrosse, WBZ News.
- Good reminder. Mike, thanks.