July 29 2020

Sen. Friedman Supports Bill to Give Restaurants More Flexibility Until November

By: BNEWS

Burlington’s representative in the State Senate reports she voted in favor of a bill meant to help restaurants during the coronavirus. 

 

According to a release from her office, Senator Cindy F. Friedman recently joined her Senate colleagues in passing legislation to further allow communities and restaurants flexibility during the public health crisis.

 

The bill, An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Restaurants and other Establishments due to COVID-19, ensures local municipalities maintain flexibility in authorizing restaurants to provide food and alcohol service in expanded outdoor spaces during the COVID-19 emergency through November 1, 2020. This flexibility is currently provided through an executive order issued by the Governor and passage of this law will ensure this practice continues.

 

“We must do everything we can to support the restaurant industry during these challenging economic times,” said Friedman. “This legislation gives local restaurants and businesses the flexibility they need to safely serve more customers and generate more revenue so they can stay afloat as they welcome back customers and recover from the difficulties they have faced as a result of the pandemic.”

 

The legislation is the latest in a series of bills supported by the Senate during the Coronavirus Pandemic which aim to support businesses while social distancing remains encouraged, the release states. The bill now moves to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for consideration.


 

 
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