Step 2 Of Phase 2 Begins: What To Expect With Indoor Dining And More
This past Friday, Governor Baker gave the go-ahead to start the second step of Phase 2 in Massachusetts' four-phase reopening plan.
The following businesses can reopen today(unless, as with many restaurants, they're normally closed on Mondays, in which case they'll reopen tomorrow):
- Indoor Dining
- Personal Care - including nail salons, indoor tanning, personal training, massage therapies and more
- Retail fitting rooms, by appointment only
- Offices may increase to 50% capacity, but working from home when possible is still encouraged
All of these businesses must comply with general safety standards and sector-specific guidelines which can be found here.
What will indoor dining look like?
- All tables must be positioned to maintain at least a six-foot distance from all other tables and high foot traffic areas.
- No party seated at a table can exceed 6 people.
- Restaurants may not seat any customers at the bar.
- All customers must be seated, eat-in service to standing customers (e.g. around bar areas) is prohibited.
- Face coverings will be required for all customers at all times, except when seated at tables. Face coverings must be worn whenever one must get up from their table.
- Condiments and similar products will not be pre-set at tables, but will only be available upon request by the customer.
- Menus may not be reused and will be available to view digitally, or single-use paper menus can be provided
- Tables will not be pre-set to reduce the opportunity for exposure, all silverware and utensils will be rolled.
We're getting back to normal, folks. Slowly(and safely) but surely.