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What's New in Harwich and the Surrounding Area

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Licenses OKd

The selectmen recently approved seasonal liquor licenses and entertainment licenses for several businesses.

Owners of the Cape Cod Irish Pub in West Harwich appeared at a virtual meeting of the board to question the proposed change in its entertainment hours. Owner Lisa O’Neill said a cutback from a 1 a.m. ending time to midnight would be financially detrimental to the business because the majority of its income is from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. After noting that there had been no complaints from the longstanding pub, the selectmen agreed to leave both the weekday and Sunday entertainment licenses of recorded or live music and dancing from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Ember Pizza was granted a license for Sunday entertainment from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. inside and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. outside. Sundae School was approved for change in weekday entertainment hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday entertainment from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The request to end at 10:30 p.m. on all nights was changed to coincide with the Ember hours, which is next to Sundae School, which also was granted a seasonal liquor license renewal.

The Port Restaurant was approved for a Sunday entertainment license renewal from 10 a.m. to midnight inside and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. outside. Dockside Seafood’s seasonal liquor license also was renewed.

At town hall

Town Health Director Meggan Eldredge said town hall was due to reopen early this week.

Restrictions include a 25 percent capacity, or one person per 400 square feet, which means only eight people can enter at one time. The guidelines also require requirements reconfiguring offices and relocating some employees.

Eldredge recommended creating a technical task force and a health and safety task force to look at Covid-19 restrictions, occupational safety and custodial services.

“Phone calls have been overwhelming,” she told selectmen at a recent meeting, with many complaints about people not complying with the Covid guidelines, so she could use another staff person. The top priority is custodial staff, which she said is “grossly understaffed” to meet the required hygiene protocols. Bathhouses and comfort stations need daily cleaning during the summer in addition to the indoor cleaning. Eldredge said more staff also is needed to train staff on how to use the hygiene supplies.

Interim Town Administrator Joe Powers said the selectmen should consider making investments in those staff needs. The selectmen took no action on the proposals as of last week.

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