By Chris Van Buskirk, State House News Service

BOSTON, JUNE 8, 2020 (State House News Service) – Looking to grab a drink at your favorite watering hole? Unless it provides seated food service, you’ll have to wait until Phase 4 after administration officials delayed the reopening timeline for bars.

Bars were originally slated to open in Phase 3 of Gov. Charlie Baker’s restart plan but were moved to Phase 4 after administration officials determined that if they do not provide seated food service, they are more akin to nightclubs. Dance clubs and nightclubs aren’t allowed to resume operations until Phase 4, which the administration has said will require a vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19.

It is unclear when the change was made.

Watch: Baker Explains Move To Push Bars To Phase 4

Wineries, beer gardens, breweries, and distilleries can all open as of Monday with some restrictions in place if they provide seated food service. Bars with licenses to serve food can also open in Phase 2 under the state’s restaurant reopening guidelines. State guidance prohibits seating customers at a bar, but it does allow restaurants to reconfigure the area to accommodate table seating.

A Housing and Economic Development spokesman said the list of businesses and activities is subject to revision based on the latest public health data and the issuance of sector-specific guidelines. As of Monday afternoon, a downloadable copy of the reopening plan on the state’s website still lists bars under Phase 3. An FAQ page on the same website categorizes bars under Phase 4.

(© Copyright 2020 State House News Service)

Comments (8)
  1. Willy says:

    THAT MAKES NO SENSE! I GO TO TACO BELL AND I LIKE IT BUT WHERE I GONNA DRINK? WHY I HAVE TO HAVE FOOD AND DRINK? I JUST WANT A DRINK. DOESN’T MAKE NO SENSE DRINKING ISN’T SAFER IF I HAVE FOOD TOO. MY FERRET HAS NO NAME, JUST FERRET.

  2. ERIC CERRETA says:

    time to for civil disobedience. Cities and towns start making your own rules for your own community. there is enough info now for people to assess their own risk. Baker is responsible for the deaths of thousands in nursing homes while he destroyed his state’s fiscal health and economy, he has no credibility to keep this charade going

  3. mr Hanky says:

    Baker is a clown. He and his minions have no clue, except how to destroy the state.

    At that task, they are excelling

  4. sharon porlier says:

    This is just wrong do you realize how many of us depend on our paychecks to survive?? I am a bartender at a local small community club you are going to shut our doors permanently and many more small bars what are you thinking? It’s obvious your not or you just don;t care your wallet is full and ours are empty !! Please reconsider we are not a big night club we are a small bar you are destroying us it is just not right have some compassion !! They are protesting side by side thousands of people you find that ok? You are running on the same morals of a democrat I have always been an independent but after I have seen all the hate and evil in this election I will never vote democrat again !!!

  5. Francis Cronin says:

    Baker Is out of his mind open up your just trying to get rid of Trump this is Political

  6. tcg says:

    Then do something! Bar owners are rolling over and get what they deserve! Take him to court.

  7. Pat says:

    Charlie need to go…………….

  8. Steve Harunk says:

    the bars in Massachusetts will open when there is a new governor…

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