Coronavirus Updates

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS- APRIL 04: A view inside of an empty Italian restaurant in the North End neighborhood on April 04, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. A “stay at home” order was put into effect by Governor Charlie Baker through May 4th in an attempt to slow the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Barflies rejoice.  Kinda.

Governor Charlie Baker has announced new dining rule changes that will allow restaurants to use bar seating and seat more people at tables.

Beginning Monday, Sept 28, bar seating can be opened and the limit on diners at tables will be raised from 6 to 10 people.

Bars will remain closed, but restaurants can utilize bar space as long as customers are ordering food and following distancing protocols.

Baker announced the new rule changes in Lowell today.

“Bars are closed, nightclubs are closed but the evidence from other states with respect to this issue are clear. Restaurants can use bar seating for regular food service with appropriate distance in place,” Baker said.

And a tip from us:  please don’t just order food and leave it there.  If you really wanna just drink, stay home.  But don’t order food to waste it.

WCVB Channel 5 has more info on the story.