A couple of months ago, it was reported that expanded outdoor dining areas in Boston would be allowed to continue until at least through December 1 as the pandemic continued. Now we have learned that this is the end date, at least for temporary patios in public spaces.
Two sources, including Patrick Maguire of Maguire Promotions & Hospitality Consulting, told Boston Restaurant Talk that restaurants in the city that have set up temporary outdoor dining areas on public sidewalks and parking lanes will only be able to continue to do so until the end of business hours on December 1, as starting December 2, only outdoor areas on private property will be allowed to remain in operation. In addition, it is possible that poor weather conditions between now and the beginning of December could result in an early end to the temporary outdoor dining program, so at this point, December 1 appears to be a best-case scenario.
A city official confirmed to NBC10 Boston that Dec. 1 will be the last day of the city's outdoor dining program on public property.
A number of restaurants in Boston have been allowed to operate temporary outdoor dining areas on public property over the past several months as a way to help businesses out during the coronavirus crisis.
by Marc Hurwitz
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