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What's Open, Closed in Belmont on Martin Luther King's Day

Federal and state offices are closed but many businesses are open.

On Monday, Jan. 20, Massachusetts observes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday (which, of course, was Jan. 15).

While King's Birthday is one of 10 holidays recognized by the federal government, the feds don't require employers to pay workers for this holiday from work. Businesses traditionally provide their employees with a paid holiday as part of a benefits package because most other employers do the same.

And according to the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office, business and commercial activities are not restricted by the state's "Blue Laws" and may operate as usual.

Here's a look at what's open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Belmont:

Closed

• Belmont town offices

• Belmont Schools

• Belmont Light

• Belmont Public Library

Trash collection will be delayed a day in Belmont. 

• US Post offices and regular deliveries. 

• Bank offices; although some branches will be open in certain supermarkets.

Open

• Many businesses

• Stores specifically national retailers

• Supermarkets

• Convenience stores 

• Establishments that sell beer and wine are also allowed to be open.

MBTA

• Buses will operate on a Saturday schedule, including the popular 73 Waverley bus. Some bus routes will not run (full list here).

• Commuter rail trains will operate on its regular weekday schedule. 

• Subway lines will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Voice of the people January 20, 2014 at 06:27 AM
EVERY business is open. A wonderful holiday to benefit workers in the public sector. This is a JOKE !!

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