Massachusetts State Representative Steven Xiarhos (R-5th Barnstable) called for the ease on COVID-19 restrictions for businesses on Cape Cod, and he wants more businesses to reopen and expand their operations by Memorial Day.
“With the summer tourist season fast approaching, thousands of local businesses are depending on us to send a strong message, loud and clear: Cape Cod is open for business and ready to welcome visitors this summer,” he said in a press release.
Rep. Xiarhos gave credit to the state for its ongoing vaccination efforts and believes the time is soon approaching to begin a shift into more normalcy.
“I give credit to the Baker-Polito administration for delivering vaccines to those in our state who need or wish to receive a dose,” he said. “That process is ongoing. But I believe we are approaching the point of being able to reap some rewards from this process by reopening more of our businesses and starting to resume a better sense of normalcy.”
Despite the call for a change, Rep. Xiarhos acknowledged the threat COVID-19 still provides but believes the harm on businesses is now greater than the risk of the virus.
“Make no mistake about it, COVID-19 is still here, and we still need to be careful. It’s important not to let our guard down too much; we do not want to reverse the successes we have achieved,” Rep. Xiarhos said. “However, I also believe that the overall risk from the virus has lessened to the point where it is responsible to allow more businesses to reopen and increase their operations. The potential risks of further reopening are increasingly outweighed by the harm of continuing burdensome business restrictions.”