Cambridge, Somerville and the state are in a likely temporary, partial reopening from a complete coronavirus lockdown, but we asked some prominent folks in Cambridge and Somerville to talk about their most anticipated returns to a life in which Covid-19 is no longer a worry – a post-vaccine world. When’s that? There are seven vaccines in large-scale, Phase 3 trials, and more than 180 in varying earlier stages, and public health official Dr. Anthony Fauci told MarketWatch he was “cautiously optimistic” about seeing a vaccine “by the end of this calendar year or the first month or two of 2021.” Though there are plenty of ifs around a vaccine, some responses from a safer future (edited and condensed for publication) are listed below. Let us know yours here, on Twitter or Facebook.

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Highland Kitchen. (Photo: Highland Kitchen via Facebook)

Andrew Turco, captain of the MIT Police Department and president of the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators:Highland Kitchen. With the windows open on a warm summer evening, there is not a place in town I’d rather go to meet a friend and grab a beer. Since I moved to Somerville over 10 years ago, Highland has always been a staple with my friends. Even friends who have moved away always want to meet there when they come back to visit. This year my wife surprised me on my birthday in May with a plate of Highland’s fried chicken. It wasn’t the same as sitting at the bar, but it was pretty amazing.”

Highland Kitchen (150 Highland Ave., Somerville)

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Cambridge Naturals (Photo: Cambridge Naturals via Facebook)

Rachel Weinstein, Cambridge School Committee member: “I’m looking forward to wandering the aisles at Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square. While I appreciate their curbside pickup, I miss being in the space with friendly workers and shelves full of products vetted for safety and health.”

Cambridge Naturals (23 White St., Porter Square)

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Rincon. (Photo: Kurt K. via Yelp)

Matthew McLaughlin, president of Somerville’s City Council: “I continue to give business to my many local restaurants, but what I would love to do is sit outside at Rincon in East Somerville and enjoy some tacos with a margarita.”

Rincon (99 Broadway, Somerville)

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Cafe DuPays. (Cafe DuPays via Facebook)

Quinton Zondervan, Cambridge city councillor:Cafe DuPays, because it is across the street from my house and my wife and I enjoy an occasional dinner there. Because it’s so close by, it’s an easy decision on the spur of the moment so we don’t have to make elaborate plans. We’ve gotten to know the staff over the years and the setting is very intimate. They can’t return to that format during Covid.”

Cafe DuPays (233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Wellington-Harrington near Kendall Square)

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Cafe duPays. (Cafe duPays via Facebook)

Helen Singh-Miller, artist:Café du Pays has reimagined Vincent’s Corner Grocery, a business that apparently thrived in the space for some 80 years starting at the turn of the 20th century, and is a charming addition to the current neighborhood. I can’t wait to spend hours at the bar or reading in the lounge again. The people that work at Café du Pays, and their taste in music, get me out of the studio at least one night a week.”

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Once Somerville. (Sandy G. via Yelp)

JJ Gonson, owner of Once Somerville: “I miss Once Somerville. I miss my friends there – the crew, the team, the Once army, the Once family. I can’t wait to be able to hug them again. I miss everyone standing around on the crazy carpets under the gold ceiling and the crystal chandeliers. Even more than the physical space, I am so ready to be back with our community. Wherever we are. Being together is what I am craving every day, and that is what I will dive into with wild abandon as soon as it is safe to do it. Rock ’n’ roll will never die, it’s just on pause for a little while. It is quarantined and staying safe. Performers will be back, and when it is time, I’ll be there to soak it all up.”

Once Somerville (56 Highland Ave., Somerville)

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The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Dan Yonah Marshall, founder of Cambridge Community Center for the Arts: “As an avid dancer and music lover, I greatly look forward to the day when my family, friends and I can once more go social dancing to live and DJ’d music at several local Cambridge establishments. But when I think of Cambridge, an even stronger feeling and memory comes to mind, and that is of the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, a true cultural mainstay of Central Square. It was opened in 1970 by brothers Joseph and Nabil Sater, and I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying it for close to 20 years. The authentic and rich ambiance and outstanding and healthy food of their restaurants, the first-rate hospitality of the owners and staff and the culturally diverse and free-spirited music, song and dance entertainment in this establishment, which is truly inclusive and welcoming of all people, has made The Middle East dear to my heart and always fresh on my mind and soul.”

Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square)