Restaurant rule changes will allow bar seating, more customers per table

Torri Donley

Starting Monday, Massachusetts’ COVID-19 regulations will allow more people to share a table at restaurants and bar seating will be permitted for foodservice use. © Provided by WCVB Boston Sulmona Restaurant and Bar in Boston Gov. Charlie Baker discussed the changes Wednesday morning. Load Error Sign up for our Newsletters […]

Starting Monday, Massachusetts’ COVID-19 regulations will allow more people to share a table at restaurants and bar seating will be permitted for foodservice use.



a kitchen with a table in a restaurant: Sulmona Restaurant and Bar in Boston


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Gov. Charlie Baker discussed the changes Wednesday morning.

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The governor emphasized that bars remain closed in the state but said the space can be used for dining customers, as long as the other restaurant safety guidelines are followed. Massachusetts rules require customers who order drinks to also order food.

“Bars are closed, nightclubs are closed but the evidence from other states with respect to this issue are clear. Restaurants can use bar seating for regular food service with appropriate distance in place,” Baker said.

Baker said the limit on the number of customers who can share a table at restaurants and indoor or outdoor events will be raised from 6 to ten.

The changes take effect on Sept. 28, except in Boston where Mayor Marty Walsh said the city will not participate in increasing the number of customers allowed at a table.

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