Massachusetts restaurants re-open for outdoor dining

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Restaurants are now allowed to open for outdoor dining in Massachusetts.

Monday morning, The Cove restaurant in Fall River opened it’s doors again for the first time in almost three months.

“The process has been a little bit trying,” said general manager, Judy Brown. “Especially for the staff.”

The Cove has 50 tables available for outdoor dining. Each of them is spaced more than 6 feet apart.

Per the state’s orders, customers are required to wear masks while walking in or out and using the restroom. They can take them off while seated.

Employees will wear masks and gloves at all times, and sanitizing stations can be found all-over the restaurant patio.

Menus, utensils, and condiments are now single-use.

The Cove is not accepting reservations, so in preparation of any lines, social distancing markers are found lining the restaurant from the front door to the host stand on the patio.

The coronavirus pandemic hit the restaurant hard, as The Cove has only 60 of their usual 200 employees to start the summer. They hope that as indoor dining and bar service returns, they can bring back other workers.

“For now, as long as the weather is good, I think we’ll be okay,” said Brown.

Experts suggest around 80% of restaurants in Massachusetts do not have space for outdoor seating.

Governor Charlie Baker has said he will allow indoor dining to resume later in Phase 2.

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