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Governor Baker Issued an Executive Order Extending the Closing of Certain Workplaces and the Prohibition on Gatherings of More Than 10 People

This Order is in Effect until Monday, May 4, 2020 – (unless further extended)

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has Issued an Advisory Regarding On-Premises Licensees Selling for Off-Premises Consumption.  With Limits - Read Advisory Here.

This Means Five Things (This is not a complete list; refer to the links below for details.)

ONE: businesses on the Essential Services List are urged to remain open.  NOTE: the Essential Services List has been updated.

TWO: businesses that are NOT on the Essential Services List must close their physical locations, including stores and offices, to all workers, customers, and the public.  If it is at all possible to operate remotely, those businesses are encouraged to do so.

THREE: Hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals (e.g., Airbnb, VRBO, time-shares) are now limited to uses that support the efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  They may no longer remain open for any other purposes, except for those people occupying lodging as of March 31, 2020, and those only until the end of their scheduled stay.  See guidance HERE.

FOUR: it is not allowed to have 10 or more people gathered in a single room or a single space at the same time in any confined indoor or outdoor space.  This includes any staff members.  Examples include: theater; stadium; auditorium; fitness center; gymnasium; private club; athletic events. 

FIVE: there are now specific fines and penalties assigned to any violations of this order. 

 

WHAT IS ALLOWED

  • Take-out and delivery of food, along with beer and wine only, as long as it complies with the limits of the ABCC Advisory.  Beer and wine sales end at midnight, or your normal closing hour, whichever is earlier.  
  • Convenience stores, grocery stores, package stores, gas stations may all remain open for normal business 
  • Any business that is on the Essential Services List is urged to remain open 
  • Hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals may remain open only for uses deemed as Essential Services
  • The use of plastic bags for purchased items and/or food.  Until further notice, the City is suspending the ordinance banning the use of plastic bags. 

WHAT IS PROHIBITED

  • On-premises liquor license holders MAY NOT sell alcohol other than beer and wine, MAY NOT sell alcohol past midnight or your normal closing hours, which ever is earlier, and MAY NOT sell alcohol without food.  ABCC Advisory
  • Self-service food or drink is not allowed 
  • Non-medical personal care facilities must still remain closed.  This includes, but is not limited to, hair or nail salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, body art facilities, cosmetic facilities.
  • Hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals (e.g., Airbnb, time-shares) may not operate for non-essential purposes such as leisure or vacation.  See guidance.  
  • Any business that is NOT on the Essential Services List must close their physical locations.  If you can operate remotely through online work or having your employees telecommute, you are encouraged to remain open – but only remotely; no workers, customers, or the public may be in your physical premises.  

 

If you have questions –