State Releases Guidelines for Opening Hotels, Restaurants in Phase 2
The commonwealth Friday issued guidance for the reopening of hotels and restaurants, an event that could happen as soon as early June.
Lodging establishments will be allowed to reopen to general business when Massachusetts enters Phase 2 of the reopening, provided they adhere to a stringent set of cleaning protocols outlined on Friday.
Restaurants will be allowed to serve diners at outdoor tables only at the outset of Phase 2. Indoor table service will be allowed later in the phase, with restaurants making a number of accommodations, including a minimum of 6 feet between tables.
The new rules are organized around four main topics: social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and disinfecting.
For hotels, that means, among other things, "specific instructions on enhanced sanitization protocols between guest visits."
Hotels also will be required to inform guests of the commonwealth's request that anyone entering Massachusetts self-quarantine for 14 days on their arrival.
Restaurants will be required to post signage indicating what it is doing to comply with the state's guidance and what customers are expected to do while visiting the establishment.
Restaurant staff will be required to wear face coverings, as will patrons when they are entering the establishment and being shown to their table, traveling from their table to the restroom or exiting the establishment.
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