BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A coalition of restaurant owners want to start allowing customers to dine-in beginning next week after Gov. Charlie Baker’s stay-at-home advisory ends.
The group says that of the 300,000 thousand hospitality jobs in the state, half have been lost since restaurants were ordered to shut down or ban dine-in service because of the coronavirus pandemic. They believe 60,000 of those jobs may never return.
The coalition says they want to re-open next Tuesday with limited capacity and go back to full capacity next month.
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In a letter, the group says they can not only reconfigure dining rooms and patios, but also check employee temperatures before every shift and space tables six feet apart, as well as sanitize menus after every use and limit restroom facilities.
Baker’s plan to reopen the economy is going to be a gradual one because there is concern opening up too quickly could lead to a resurgence in coronavirus cases.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports