Mass Restaurant Re-Open Standards & A Legislative Call to Action

May 20, 2020
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Massachusetts Re-open Standards - General Business Guidance

Minimum Standards for all business opening in Massachusetts regardless of industry. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.
  • COVID-19 control plan template – Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
  • Compliance attestation poster – Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
  • Employer and Staff posters – Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting
Click here to for link to standards and posters: Massachusetts Standards and Posters
We have also included a link to a hand-washing poster. While this is not required to post, it does serve as a best practice reminder.
Complete Massachusetts website:
Legislative Call to Action

Call or email your legislator to support SD2944 - An Act to address challenges faced by restaurants and other establishments due to COVID-19. Expediting the regulatory process to promote patio and sidewalk alcohol service for restaurants and other establishments.
To see full text of the legislation:

What this bill would do: 

This bill would allow Local Licensing Authorities (LLA), to issue an amended Alcohol Pouring License to establishments that apply for an “alteration of premises” amendment to their license without the involvement, investigation and inspection of ABCC. Simply, it authorizes the City or Town to issue the license on their timeline without having to wait for State approval.
To find your legislator, click here: 

COVID Impact Survey # 3

The National Restaurant Association Research Group developed its latest brief survey designed to collect important data to inform our advocacy approach. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and help us advocate for the strongest possible relief package. 

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