You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Business

Commercial centers close down in Boston area

Business halts as manhunt keeps workers away from city

As the Boston area was gripped by a manhunt for the remaining suspected Marathon bomber, the businesses that drive New England’s economy put up a collective “closed” sign Friday.

Banks, insurance agencies, software companies, retail shops, and restaurants — together accounting for tens of thousands of employees and customers — stayed shuttered to clear city streets and vast office blocks of workers and traffic, allowing law enforcement officials plenty of breathing room.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week