5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – June 22, 2020

by | Jun 22, 2020 | Headlines, News

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition – Monday, June 22 – indoor dining can start today in Massachusetts, nine more businesses apply for outdoor dining permits in Worcester, City Councilor Khrystian King is asking to reconsider the FY21 Budget, there’s more construction happening this week near Kelley Square and Green Hill Golf Course is offering membership specials.


Part Two of Phase II Starts Today

Governor Charlie Baker announced last week that Part Two of Phase II of the state’s reopening plan will begin today — Monday, June 22.

Services newly eligible to reopen include indoor service at restaurants, close-contact personal services like nail salons and spas [with restrictions], retail dressing rooms [by appointment only] and offices [at 50% capacity].

Each business must meet all safety standards, create a COVID-19 control plan and complete a self-certification before reopening.


Nine Businesses Apply for Outdoor Dining Permits

Even with the return of indoor dining, it’s not stopping businesses from taking advantage of expanding their services as much as possible.

Nine more Worcester businesses will go before the Worcester License Commission on Tuesday, June 23.

Each business is applying for a temporary outdoor dining permit as part of the City’s Outdoor Dining Program.

The list includes:

  • The Hitchin’ Post, 5 Saugus Place
  • Ajo y Cilantro, 795 Main Street
  • Pampas Steak House, 145 East Central Street
  • Acoustic Java, 6 Brussels Street
  • Whiskey, 316 Main Street
  • White Eagle, 116-118 Green Street
  • Bennie’s Café, 13 East Mountain Street
  • Piccolo’s,157 Shrewsbury Street
  • Phoenician Hookah Bar, 175 Harding Street


King Wants to Revisit the FY21 Budget

City Councilor Khrystian King is requesting the City Council reconsider the vote to approve the FY21 budget. The budget was approved at last week’s meeting.

In short, King would like to give an opportunity to the people who called in the last few meetings the chance to speak on any budget-related agenda item.

Here’s the post from his Facebook page:


New Sidewalks Being Poured on Madison St. this Week

From Monday to Friday between the hours of 7 AM and 3 PM, crews will be working to excavate and replace the sidewalks on the south side of Madison St near the Gulf Station beside Kelley Square.

Madison St. will be closed tonight for the second night in a row for paving. Between the hours of 8 PM and 5 AM, traffic will be detoured down Green St. to access Kelley Square.


Green Hill Golf Course Memberships on Sale

Green Hill Municipal Golf Course is offering membership specials for Worcester residents and non-residents.

For memberships purchased in July, Worcester residents pay $275 and non-residents pay $325.

To purchase a membership and for more details, visit the course website.


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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]