Heat & Air Quality Advisory Doesn't Damper Outdoor Dining In Boston

Outdoor Street Dining During COVID-19 Pandemic

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's another scorcher in Massachusetts. Partner the heat with an air quality warning from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and it leaves some residents skipping the outdoor dining option.

"For me, myself, and I, it's a nightmare.I cannot stand the heat, but a lot of people around here they just don't care too much," South End Buttery cafe manager Kyle Roberts said.

As people continue to dine outside at the South End Buttery, not everyone is opting to sit in the heat.

Sophie and her dog Birdie told WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas that when it comes to this heat, they're going to stay indoors.

"I'll probably get a coffee and sit inside or just go home and work from home," Sophie said.

But others say, they're taking advantage of the opportunity to be out in the sun.

The Mass. DEP air quality is in effect across eastern and southeastern counties in the state. Air in these areas is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, such as asthma.

Mass. DEP advises those individuals to reduce the amount of time they spend outdoors, take more breaks, do less intense activities, follow asthma action plans, and keep any medications handy.

The air quality advisory is effective until 11:00 p.m. July 20, 2022.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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