It's exactly what everyone's been waiting for.
"I'm very happy to get out," says one woman, sitting down to a view of the harbor, at the Pilot House restaurant in Sandwich, Mass., on Cape Cod.
"It's like we're free at last!" a friend laughs, joining her to celebrate a 70th birthday, albeit several months late.
They're as thrilled to be dining out again as restaurant owner Bob Jarvis is to see customers start pouring back in.