Some welcome news was announced for restaurant owners Wednesday morning.
As cold weather is soon to arrive, Governor Charlie Baker stated at a 9:00 a.m. news conference at Mill City BBQ in Lowell that restaurants can now allow bar seating next week after being shut down by Baker in Massachusetts since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Beginning this Monday, September 28th, Baker stated that restaurants will be allowed to seat customers at bars as long as social distancing protocols are followed.
“No standing around at the bars ok.”
Bars and clubs still remain closed.
Baker stated that group seating for both indoor and outdoor tables will be increased to 10 people from 6.
At the press conference, Baker touched on how the reopening process for businesses from the COVID-19 outbreak kept cases low compared to many other states while beginning to reopen the economy.
As of the first week of September, it is estimated that nearly 25 percent of restaurants have not reopened since the COVID-19 pandemic began.