Outdoor dining began last week across the state as part of phase 2 of Massachusetts’ reopening plan following the COVID-19 shutdown.
The city of Boston has permitted cafe-zones to allow restaurants to set up outdoor seating, as indoor has not yet resumed. (Indoor dining is set to begin as the second part of phase 2, but a date is yet to be determined).
Beginning Thursday, June 11, North End dining poured out into the streets with European-style cafes and piazzas, complete with umbrellas, plants, and even music.
The catalyst for the cafe zones was to help restaurants recover from the COVID-19 shutdown, but many have been wanting this type of outdoor dining for a long time and would like it to stay beyond just this season, a decision to come later. While many are happy to see economic activity return, others are questioning the long-term consequences of traffic and quality of life issues, as well as potential resurgence of COVID-19.
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