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RESTAURANTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO REOPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS 

NO ACTIVITY IN RESTAURANTS CAN OCCUR WITHOUT MEETING THE FOLLOWING SECTOR-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES  

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22 AND EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 28

Reopening Phase III mandatory safety standards were updated and are effective Monday, September 28, 2020.

 

Restaurants Safety Standards and Checklist web page for current standards and other information

 

Download Restaurant Safety Standards (effective Monday, September 28th)

In addition, the updated guidance also clarifies that events hosted at restaurants must follow the state's guidance, including its provisions on capacity limitations.

 

Indoor and Outdoor Events Standards and Checklist web page for current standards and other information

 

Download Indoor and Outdoor Events Safety Standards (effective Monday, September 28th) 

Under the updated guidance, "Restaurant" is now defined as "an establishment that provides seated food service that is prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a municipal authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.000. Potato chips, pretzels, and other similar pre-packaged, shelf-stable foods, or other food prepared off-site do not constitute food “prepared on-site.”

Restaurants were permitted to reopen for outdoor table service as of Step One, Phase II on June 8, 2020, and permitted to reopen for indoor table service as of Step Two, Phase II on June 22nd, with restrictions.

Local Resources  

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Resources for Restaurants and Food Pantries

Massachusetts Resources for Restaurants, Fast Food, Food Truck and Food Pantries

Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces - General

Restaurant Safety Standards and Checklist UPDATED 9/22

Massachusetts COVID-19 Control Plan Template

Download Restaurants Safety Standards

UPDATED 9/22

Other Guidance 

& Resources

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting 

FDA Food Safety

Massachusetts Restaurant Association

CDC Restaurants and Bars Decision Tool 

OSHA Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

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