That foreboding line comes from the town of Wellesley’s daily COVID-19 update, which notes that a handful of town parks and trails are still open. Yup, it’s getting to the point where the list of open things is a lot smaller than the list of closed ones. Fortunately, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in town has remained at 7.
We started last night to build out a list of Wellesley restaurants offering take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery. We could use your help to flesh it out.
We’ll try to spread the word about other businesses in town as well. Andy Brown at Wellesley Toy Shop has been keeping the store going Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm, all subject to change. “We are definitely in uncharted territory,” he says. Brown and co-worker Shannan (“I’m lucky to have her”) have been holding down the fort, as the usual employees include a number of Wellesley College students (they’ve been sent home by the school) and high schools students (who he hasn’t had working). Shannan says: “We have to be open for our customers. They need games and puzzles to do while they are stuck at home.”
Meanwhile, more positive thoughts…
Shannan says: “We have to be open for our customers. They need games and puzzles to do while they are stuck at home.”. SERIOUSLY? You can get thousands of these for FREE for all mobile devices. CLOSE YOUR STORE!
As someone who works retail I can tell you that if the customers keep coming in stores won’t close, do I want to be exposed to whatever nastiness the customers might drag in, not really, but as a retail worker I don’t have that choice.
I don’t understand why people have to order takeout if they have plenty of time to cook for themselves ( Unless they can afford it but I cannot)
Bob Brown says
They’re trying to support local businesses, for 1 thing
Alexsandra, I can go to the grocery store and be exposed to many people so I can cook for myself, or I can support a local business when they are hurting and just encounter one or two. I don’t think there are right or wrong answers on this one.
Yes you’re right, I wished could help but the only thing I am able to do for now is to buy groceries online and to cook and I have a few food allergies
Mark, not everyone wants to be online. Old fashioned sit-down-and-do-a-puzzle-together activities are better than everyone sequestered in different parts of the house staring at a screen. We’re digging through the closet looking for something we haven’t played in awhile, so mice to know I can get something new!
PJ – while I can certainly appreciate that as my family did games and puzzles way back in the day together, a toy store, however does not supply ESSENTIAL supplies needed during this very critical period when people should not be out and about for non-essential items. This is one reason why the virus is spreading now is the US and will only get worse with this type of thinking.
Amy H says
I don’t want to live in a world where you’re right.
Donna Ticchi says
Social isolation is perfect for reading, and I hope that folks will remember Wellesley Books in the days ahead. WB has closed its doors to the public, but is open for on-line orders. I ordered a mystery novel on Wednesday evening, and it was delivered to my doorstep within 24 hours.
Thank you for your good reporting swellesley report, and keeping us updated. People need to stay home and stay healthy!