PEABODY, MA — Today is Monday, Nov. 2. These are the stories Patch has been covering on the North Shore and across Massachusetts.
When Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday that all restaurants in the state will have to close at 9:30 p.m. starting Friday as part of his "stay-at-home advisory" amid a rise in coronavirus cases, Champions Pub of Peabody co-owner Kevin Houlden's feeling was more along the lines that it could have been worse.
"I figured it was going to be some type of restrictions," Houlden told Patch. "The tricky thing is if they shut down indoor dining entirely, and go back to 100 percent takeout, and go back to curbside, then you have to cut staff and reduce hours.
"That isn't good for anybody."
But Massachusetts Restaurant Association Director of Public Affairs Steve Clark said it was another case of restaurants being targeted for regulations when they are not a significant source of the coronavirus surges.
"Restaurants are not the problem," Clark told Patch.
Also on the North Shore today
Danvers Town Clerk Catherine Ellsworth said that as of Monday morning 53.1 percent of registered voters in the town had voted through mail-in ballots or early voting in the Toomey Room at Danvers Town Hall.
It was a frigid, yet rewarding, end to early voting in Beverly as more than 5,000 residents cast their ballots between Oct. 17 and Oct. 30.
Beverly City Clerk Lisa Kent reported that 5,240 residents voted over the 14 days with 629 voting on final day Friday despite the cold and snowy weather. Due to coronavirus protocols, windows were kept open at City Hall amid the freezing winter temperatures.
The Salem Fire Department has declared recent fires on Pope Street to be arson and is offering a reward for information that leads to detection of who set the fires or prevents a future fire, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
Salem officials have gone from telling people to stay away from downtown all month in October to asking them to come on down and get a coronavirus test in November and December.
Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday announced sweeping new restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to surge across Massachusetts.
The Brookline teachers union said they voted to strike after a disagreement with the Brookline School Committee over how many feet the district should require for distancing within schools to best prevent against the spread of the coronavirus.
Some residents are prepping for what the election results might bring. Framingham's residents have planned a rally on Wednesday if the presidential election results appear to be in jeopardy, one of dozens of "Protect the Results" events planned across the state and nation on Nov. 4.