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Posted on: September 23, 2020

COVID-19 Reopening Update: Updated Restaurant Guidance - Effective September 28, 2020

On September 22, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced revised safety standards for restaurants which will take effect on Monday, September 28, 2020. Restaurants remain subject to the previously issued, August 11, 2020 Safety Standards until these revised Workplace Safety Standards go into effect on Monday, September 28, 2020. 


The most notable changes concern table seating and bar seating.

The size of a party seated at a table, as of Monday, cannot exceed ten (10).

Bar seating will be permitted provided that either:
  • There are no active work areas or working staff behind the bar at least 6 feet away; or
  • There is a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglass) separating customers from the bar space that is at least thirty (30) inches high and a gap/opening at the bottom of the barrier is allowed for food and drink service as long as the gap/opening is no more than eight (8) inches high.
In addition, parties must be seated at bars (no standing customer service) and parties must be spaced at least six (6) feet from other parties.

Subject to any applicable building and fire code requirements, bar areas may be reconfigured to accommodate table seating that complies with all spacing and other requirements in these COVID-19 safety standards. Tables must not be placed within six (6) feet of the staffed bartending area.

All customers must be seated; eat-in service to standing customers (e.g., around bar areas) is prohibited. 


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