BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — More than 500 spots to eat have applied for conditional approval in Boston, and 40 percent are actually being given approval.
There are many new requirements for COVID-19 precautions including outdoor seating, making the process even more difficult due to space limitations.
"We are committed to working with everyone who is impacted, and with your help, making sure outdoor dining is good for our city," Mayor Marty Walsh said.
New licenses for some locations in the densely populated North End are expected to go into effect Thursday.
One diner said told WBZ-TV that the early returns to dining feel "so good, more natural."
WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports