Baker: Indoor dining returns Monday

Restaurants will be allowed to offer indoor dining beginning Monday. - Gabrielle Mannino

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday that restaurants will be allowed to open indoors on Monday. 

Restaurants will be required to place tables six feet apart.

“We’re moving in the right direction as we continue our gradual reopening,” Baker said. “These things do work, and we can contain the virus…We should keep in mind that COVID doesn’t take the summer off.”

The decision for indoor dining comes as part of step two of phase two of the state’s reopening plan. In addition, step two will allow close contact personal services such as nail salons, massage therapy, and tanning salons to reopen. Offices will also be allowed to go from 25 percent capacity to 50 percent capacity, though the governor is still urging companies to allow employees to work from home if possible.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said that while workplaces are allowed more capacity, workers are still encouraged to work from home.