Mayor Spicer: Framingham Is ‘Open For Business’ This Tax-Free Holiday Weekend, Despite High-Risk Coronavirus Designation

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FRAMINGHAM – Appearing on a Boston night time radio show on Friday, the City of Framingham’s Mayor said despite the City getting a high-risk designation for COVID-19 on Wednesday by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she wants people to come shop in her city for tax-free weekend.

On Wednesday, Framingham was one of just 9 communities out of 351 in the Commonwealth designated as high-risk for the coronavirus.

Mayor said she blamed the state metrics for the high-risk designation with the radio-show host.

The radio show host brought up that it is a tax-free weekend and questioned whether being a high-risk community would be a stigma on the City.

“When you look a community of 70,000 people, and right now we have 211 active cases, it is a pretty small percentage. And I think it is really important to know that businesses are prepared to open,” said Mayor Spicer.

Editor’s Note: Mayor is wrong there are 88 active cases as of Friday. The City listed 78 cases as recovered on Friday.

Mayor Spicer said the city’s businesses are doing the right thing. They are providing hand sanitizer, they are encouraging social distancing of six feet, and they are asking people to wear masks when they enter their business, explained the Mayor.

Some businesses if you don’t have a face covering, they provide you with one, added the Mayor.

“We are trying to encourage people to get out and shop, as they are keeping our business going,” said Mayor Spicer to the fill-in host to WBZ’s radio’s Nightside, just 72 hours after her City was designated as high-risk.

“This has been tremendously difficult, over the last several months, for a number of our businesses,” said Mayor Spicer. “I appreciate this tax-free holiday,” which is designed to spark our economy and keep it moving.

“I know our economy has struggled, for several months,” said Mayor Spicer. “So this is an opportunity (tax-free weekend, to get out and buy those goods.”

“I welcome people to Framingham. We are a great city. With lots of great resources, and stores, and restaurants. Framingham is open, and open for business, and i welcome you whole-heartedly,” said Mayor Spicer on Friday night.

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