Effective September, 28, 2020, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in Reopening Phase III and has outlined mandatory safety standards, recommended best practices and a checklist for restaurants.
The following social distancing practices are currently set and mandatory:
Require face coverings for all customers and workers at all times, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to medical condition or disability.
Customers must wear face coverings unless seated at tables.
While indoor table service is permitted, restaurants are encouraged to structure operations to operate as much as possible through outdoor table service and to strictly limit indoor table service in order to assure effective compliance with social distancing requirements and to limit activities within confined spaces.
Restaurants must comply with the following sector specific social distancing rules for providing dining services in all customer seating areas:
Bar seating is permitted provided that either:
A complete description of mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices can be found on the Mass.gov website.
A downloadable checklist may also be found on Mass.gov.