Impact of Marathon tragedy on Boston businesses

BOSTON (WWLP) – When the bombs went off at 2:49 P.M. one year ago, the Boylston Street sidewalks were packed with crowds cheering on marathon runners as they crossed the finish line. In the moments it took police and EMS to get to the victims, restaurant workers and employees from other businesses were some of the first to rush to help those in need.

The 12-block area around the Copley Square finish line remained a crime scene, closed to the public, for 10 days. Some businesses didn’t reopen for months after.

22News went to Boston to talk to the managers of the Forum Restaurant and Marathon Sports, located just outside the sites of the two bombings.

Despite the terrible tragedy, people didn’t stay away from Copley. They came to pay their respects to the victims, but also to the survivors and the businesses who acted quickly and bravely to care for those survivors. Those managers told 22News they’ve been busier than ever over the past year, and it’s because of the “Boston Strong” spirit of people across Massachusetts and the country.

22News reporter Juli McDonald will bring you a closer look at how the neighborhood around the Marathon bombings has recovered, as part of our special coverage of the 118th Running of the Boston Marathon, which you can find on-air, online, and on the go all week long.

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