Covid-19 Massachusetts Update
While Massachusetts is currently in Stage 3 of the state’s reopening plan, on Wednesday September 23rd, Governor Baker announced…
Restaurants in Massachusetts can expand seating of up to 10 people per table and utilize bar seating starting Monday, September 28th, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday.
“No standing around the bar, OK,” Baker joked.
The new regulations apply to both indoor and outdoor seating. Tables still must be socially distanced at at least 6 feet.
“We want to help restaurants use their space more effectively,” Baker said. “…The evidence from other states with respect to this issue is clear, restaurants can use bar seating for regular food service with appropriate distance in place.”
Baker applauded the state’s work in reopening industries across the state while also lowering the positive test rate – something other states have failed to accomplish.
The low positive test rate allowed for new regulations to allow the restaurants to expand seating.
“COVID is still with us and until there is a medical breakthrough like a vaccine, we have to do all we can working with our colleagues in the food service business to keep our restaurants and our businesses safe,” Baker said.