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Dunkin’ Donuts In Boston Stayed Open During Lockdown

Because Boston.

1. With much of Boston on lockdown Friday morning, residents were worried about getting their Dunkin’ Donuts fix.


The whole city of Boston is under #Lockdown . Therefore i cannot get my dunkin donuts coffee, therefore no one better not touch/talk to me— Kelsi


I know city of Boston is pretty much on lockdown, so is dunkin donuts still open?— Jen Ambrose

3. Because, let’s face it, nothing helps you get through a crisis like a few of these.

4. But even a lockdown won’t keep Bostonians from their coffee: four Watertown Dunkin’ Donuts confirmed to BuzzFeed that they are in fact open today.


From an earlier report “Boston on lockdown, hundreds of cops around, all stores closed….except for a Dunkin Donuts.”— Keith Humphrey


NPR’s Julie Rovner, in Boston, says lockdown is uneven. Some downtown businesses closed, some not. Starbucks closed. Dunkin Donuts open.— Russell Lewis

Boston is on lockdown, but Dunkin' Donuts is still open in #Watertown #americarunsondunkin

— Jackie V (@jackievern)

Boston is on lockdown, but Dunkin’ Donuts is still open in #Watertown #americarunsondunkin— Jackie V

Jessica Cadorette, a store manager at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Newton, Mass., told BuzzFeed: “There was an automated message going around telling businesses to close, but because we’re Dunkin’ Donuts, we called the police department and they said we didn’t have to [close].”

8. And of course, some people are actually heading out into the streets for Coolattas.

9. The doughnut chain has a storied, legendary history in Massachusetts. Quincy, where the first Dunkin’ Donuts was opened, is 10 miles from Boston.

10. So, HOW is DD allowed immunity from the lockdown? As at least one person has speculated, Dunkin’ being allowed to remain open might have something to do with who’s in charge.

“How does Dunkin Donuts get around the whole lockdown thing?” “Cops. Donuts. Coffee.”

— Summer Plum (@summerplum)

“How does Dunkin Donuts get around the whole lockdown thing?” “Cops. Donuts. Coffee.”— Summer Plum

11. Update - 11:50 a.m.: Dunkin’ Donuts has released the following statement to BuzzFeed.


“At the direction of authorities, select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Boston area are open to take care of the needs of law enforcement and first responders.”

12. And they won’t be charging law enforcement for those donuts.

@BostonBizNews @Brennan_Murray Yes, the Watertown DD is open to serve local law enforcement, first responders w/ free coffee & product. ^JG

— Dunkin' Donuts (@DunkinDonuts)

@BostonBizNews @Brennan_Murray Yes, the Watertown DD is open to serve local law enforcement, first responders w/ free coffee & product. ^JG— Dunkin’ Donuts

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