Boston COVID Restaurant Rules: Is Indoor/Outdoor Dining Allowed?

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January 19, 2021, 05:44 PM UTC
Boston COVID Restaurant Rules: Is Indoor/Outdoor Dining Allowed?

With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the City of Boston recently entered a modified version of Phase Two; essentially this is a temporary "pause" on its initial "Step Two of the Reopening Massachusetts" guidelines, which as of now is in place until at least January 27. As far as what this means for the bar and restaurant industry, we have you covered on all the latest restrictions.

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Is indoor dining allowed in Boston?

Yes. As of December 26, indoor dining is permitted at 25% capacity. The maximum size of any party, including children, remains at six total and all establishments must continue to adhere to the mandatory distance of six feet between parties unless a non-porous divider has been installed.

Is outdoor dining allowed in Boston?

Yes. Outdoor dining is also allowed at 25% capacity with no more than six customers allowed at the table and six feet distance between parties must be maintained.

Is indoor bar service allowed in Boston?

Yes. Bars that have seating areas may remain open at 25% capacity; however, absolutely no bar seating is permitted. Face coverings are mandatory at all times unless the patron is eating or drinking even if maintaining six feet of social distance from the server, bartender, or other parties or patrons; no more than six customers allowed at the table and six feet distance between parties must be maintained.

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