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Street vendors outside Boston’s historic Fenway Park are celebrating today, now that the city has reversed a decision that banned them from selling food outside the stadium.
On Tuesday, the city issued a statement confirming that vendors will, in fact, be allowed to sell food as in years past:
“After careful consideration and understanding where the city of Boston stands in the re-opening process, the decision to allow Fenway Park vendors to begin on opening day was made,” the statement read.
“As we continue to follow COVID-19 protocols, our Inspectional Services Department will provide additional guidelines specific to these vendors and we look forward to another great season of Red Sox baseball.”
The news is a welcome development for many in Boston.
“The vendors are very, very happy,” said Glen Hannington, the attorney representing the people who sell sausages, peanuts and the like outside the stadium.
“You don’t fool around with the vendors. They’re sacred — they’re like the American flag and apple pie.”
Last Friday, the city sent an email to some of the usual Fenway Park vendors, shocking them with the news of the ban around the stadium.
“The city has decided that they will place vending at Fenway Park on hold for the next two months due to COVID concerns. The city will revisit that decision in June and decide at that time the safety of opening Fenway vending activities with COVID guidelines for customer distancing,” the email said.
Now thankfully, it appears that things will back to normal around the park for the Red Sox opener, which is set for April 1st.