Restaurants and places of worship say the upcoming unrestricted holiday weekend is a ‘breath of fresh air’

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – With reservations full and barely a seat at the bar Friday afternoon, the city of Providence is gearing up for the first spring break weekend since the pandemic began where most restrictions are fully lifted.

“It’s a breath of fresh air,” says Sean Hennessy, General Manager of Oyster Bar. “All the staff are so excited to have the restrictions lifted and to be able to be themselves again.”

Federal Hill shoppers echoed a similar sentiment, grateful things appear to be returning to “normal” for the first Easter and Ramadan weekend since Governor McKee announced the state of Rhode Island was heading towards an “end-emic”.

“Everyone had their own feelings about the things and the comforts with their family that everyone respects, but now it’s finally coming back out there,” says Alanna Anderson, shopping with her son on Federal Hill Friday afternoon. “Today really proves that it’s coming back and people are going to come back and be together like they should be.”

For those seeking Sunday worship, the popular Sunday Service at Congdon Street Baptist Church says that although they see a mix of comfort levels coming through their doors, they remain open to all and take steps to s make sure everyone is comfortable.

“We know people have had a really hard time, we know they’ve had a hard time, and we know it’s kind of like the deep breathing moment,” says Allyson Cobbins of the Baptist Church of Congdon Street who says centuries-old traditions like the annual Easter egg hunt will resume as normal. “We try to make it as easy and comfortable for everyone to go out.”

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