Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Town of Arlington Suspends Takeout Service Inside Restaurants; Curbside/Delivery Remain Options

photo of Andrina's Pizzeria, Arlington, MAThe state of Massachusetts may be allowing restaurants to offer takeout and delivery, but a Boston suburb has tightened up its rules a bit.

According to a source, the town of Arlington will no longer allow people inside restaurants at all, with an update on the community's website saying that "Starting March 24th at noon, Arlington restaurants will no longer be permitted to allow customers inside their establishment. Restaurants will be required to provide curbside pick up or delivery only." The note goes on to say that the Health Department is also encouraging patrons to pay by credit card either by phone or online in order to limit "person-to-person interactions."

A ruling from Governor Baker that went into effect last Tuesday required restaurants in Massachusetts to close their dining and bar areas and only allow takeout and/or delivery, with a new stay at home advisory going into effect today that won't cause any changes for dining spots, though as Arlington shows, the rules could vary at the local level.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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