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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.