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Visitors To Boston Along With Bostonians Face Disruptions In Wake Of Tragedy (VIDEO)

Travelers Today       By    Antranig Dereyan

Updated: Apr 16, 2013 12:19 PM EDT

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Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race.(Photo : Reuters)

The official line for Boston is that "they are reopened for business," and trying to get back to some bit of normality, but for the relatives of the three people killed and hundreds injured at yesterday's Boston Marathon, "back to normal" seems unreachable.

However, this is life and it must move on, saying that, the city of Boston has announced that "Amtrak trains are operating, and Logan International Airport is running a normal schedule."

To help out the people without a place to go, whether it be bostonians who can't get back to their homes or visitors, some area hotels are waiving their fees to ease the burden on those affect and effected.

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The finish line and the surrounding area has pretty much been on lockdown with security being heightened significantly.

"That area is pretty much going to be locked down," Gov. Deval Patrick said at a press conference Monday night. "It's not going to be easy, simple, or regular. And, I think, in most cases, people are not going to have access to that area."

As far as road closures go, according to USA Today, "workers and visitors will not be allowed access, and Boston.com reports that exit 22 off the Massachusetts Turnpike, which feeds into Copley Square, will remain closed to traffic on Tuesday. Boston Public Library in Copley Square, the Shops at the Prudential Center, the Copley Place mall, and the Hynes Convention Center will be closed, as will the Boston Common garage, although drivers will be allowed to retrieve their parked cars."

When it comes to mass transit, though service has resumed, officials say that "Copley Station is still closed and riders should expect delays and increased security, including bag checks," reported USA Today.

Boston.com has set up a Google Doc for visitors who need a place to stay, and several lodging services, including Airbnb and HomeAway.com, are waiving fees and/or encouraging hosts to offer rooms free of charge, reports PropertyPortalWatch.com

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