BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Restaurant owners in Boston's North End have been warned their temporary outdoor dining licenses could be immediately revoked if they do not comply with the city's reopening restrictions.
It's been just over two weeks since the state moved into Phase Two of the economic reopening plan, which allowed for restaurants to start serving food outdoors, under certain restrictions.
On Wednesday, the Boston Licensing Board and Inspectional Services Department held a mandatory emergency virtual meeting with Little Italy's business owners, to address at least 54 complaints they'd received about rule violations in the busy neighborhood.
The Board said since Monday June 8th, it had received the complaints about loud music, a lack of social distancing, a failure to adhere to designated outdoor spaces, smoking, and pets on patio areas.
The head of the board Catherine Joyce sad random inspections will start tomorrow in the North End, any restaurant in violation of the temporary license for outdoor dining may have it taken away immediately. It could also put their regular indoor licenses in jeopardy.
That would mean doors will have to close on the spot, and customers will have to vacate immediately, whether or not they have paid their bills.
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