CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – LICENSING BOARD ADVISORY FOR BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND CLUBS
Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Office of the Mayor reports 3.17.2020.
City of Boston Licensing Board advisory regarding the status of the prohibition of on-premise consumption of food and alcohol and the limitation on capacity.
As you may be aware, due to the ongoing public health concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) both the Licensing Board for the City of Boston (the “Board”) and Governor Charles Baker have issued respective advisories and orders impacting establishments serving food and alcoholic beverages. In an effort to provide clarity, the Board issues this advisory regarding the status of the prohibition of on-premise consumption of food and alcohol and the limitation on capacity (the “Advisory”) effective today, March 17, 2020.
- No restaurant or establishment exercising a common victualler license (with or without an alcoholic beverages license), bar, club, private club, social club, or entertainment venue may at any time allow more than twenty five (25) individuals in the licensed premise including staff.
- No establishment may serve food or alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption. This means a complete prohibition on the service of alcohol by Section 12 Licensees.
- Establishments may only serve patrons food via take-out and delivery.
- Any restriction or regulation prohibiting take-out or delivery is temporarily lifted.
- Establishments must remove, turn over, or rope-off all seating in the licensed premise.
- Establishments must abide by the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.
- Establishments offering take-out and delivery may stay open until the closing hour currently listed on the license.
- Massachusetts General Law does not permit a Section 12 Licensee to sell alcoholic beverage to go.
- Failure to comply with this Advisory may result in disciplinary action at the Board’s discretion.