June 20 2020

Reopening Step Two of Phase II Includes Indoor Restaurant Dining and Other Services

By: Rich Hosford

Restaurants and other businesses will be able to welcome customers into their establishments, with restrictions, starting on Monday. 


On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Step Two of Phase II of the state’s reopening plan will begin on Monday, June 22 to allow additional industries to resume operations under sector-specific guidelines. Businesses and sectors set to begin operating are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards. 


The big change is that restaurants will be able to provide inside dining to customers. While there are no capacity limitations, the requirements do say all tables must be six feet apart from each other and no group can be larger than six people. All seating at bars is for now still prohibited. 


Other businesses included in Step Two are close contact personal services, nail and skin care, massage therapy, tanning, tattoo parlors and personal training. 


The governor said that while the state is seeing positive signs people should still practice social distancing, wearing masks when possible and that if businesses have the option of people working from home they should continue to do so.


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