BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — An ease on Covid-19 restaurant restrictions will go into effect on Monday, impacting both indoor and outdoor dining.
Governor Charlie Baker said that unlike the rates in other states, Massachusetts has continued to lower it's positive test rate and avoid a spike in new cases for the coronavirus.
Under the new guidelines, restaurants can allow groups of 10 to sit at tables, as opposed to the previous limit of six—bringing some relief to restaurants struggling to survive during the pandemic.
Diners are also now allowed to sit in bar seating at restaurants with proper social distancing, but will not be allowed to stand around in open areas.
Face masks will still be required to walk inside restaurants, allowing diners to take them off once they are seated at a table.
The City of Boston will not be included in the state expanded seating guidelines at this time, and Worcester and Framingham have opted out of the eased restrictions entirely.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.