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Get ready to belly up to the bar again, but only if you're hungry

WHDH reports that Gov. Baker is easing restrictions on bars where food is served: Starting Monday, people will be allowed to sit at bars again - if they order food to go with their alcohol and if they stay six feet away from other parties.

Also, the number of people who can share a table at a restaurant will increase from six to ten.




I know restaurants and bars are suffering and I'm glad to see them get some relief but it seems this is ill timed as the numbers are moving up in Boston - is going to be implemented here?

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Maybe we'll find out then - Boston has taken a slightly different route than the state before.

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If there is no food the virus spreads easier? It's like they are making it up as they go along.

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They don't want the loud, crowded sports bar type activities were people are plastered and yelling at their buddies. They figure if people need to buy food and not just drinks it will cut down on that sort of socializing. That's the theory, at least.

A better rule would be to prohibit music and TVs so people don't need to shout to have a conservation and people are less likely to linger after the meal.

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This works pretty well for sports, which is the main thing you see on a TV at a bar or restaurant. Often a restaurant is so noisy that you can't hear the TV anyway, especially when there are multiple TVs with different games on.

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Kevin Bacon would like to know.

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Cancel weekends then no one will get it.

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That’s the theory anyway. What the government wants is for people to only be at these establishments to eat for subsistence (*with members of your household) and leave, therefore limiting your exposure time indoors and limiting servers’ time near you. Alcoholic beverages may be served with dinner. The idea is that feeding oneself is essential, but cocktail hour or a few beers after work is non-essential. This rule also eliminates the possibility of being a standee ordering drinks behind seated patrons waiting for a seat to open up.

I am not endorsing this idea or claiming that this idea is enforceable or even enforced - I’m just saying what it is.

Of course people are just going to pick at the least expensive appetizer and binge drink at the bar as they did before. And of course this is only helpful to a narrow scope of establishments as alcoholic beverage sales comprise a significant portion of a bar’s sales mix, surprisingly enough.

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It takes more time to eat and drink at the same time, than just to have a drink. I'm not sure this is a good thing.

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I think going out for a meal and a drink provides a natural stop point that just having a drink lacks. You can keep ordering another round of drinks but at some point everyone is going to be full and not linger. Also encourages table turnover.

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During a pandemic are exactly the type of people who shouldn’t be trusted to act responsibly on a bar during a pandemic.

I hope the I am proven wrong.

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Not all bars are created equal. The following have always been deal breakers for my wife and me:

  • Crowding,
  • A bar so loud that you can't carry on a conversation,
  • Too many TVs,
  • Lines out front,
  • Multiple rows of people at the bar waiting to be served,
  • Arcade games,
  • DJs,
  • No-neck bouncers, and
  • Handstamps or bracelets.

We walk into a place that has any of the above? We turn around and leave. Our taste in bars is quiet, upscale, and civilized--not every bar experience consists of slamming carbombs at the Faneuil Hall location of J.T. McPickleshitter's. I don't mind $9 pints if it keeps the dipshits away.

Point is, I see no reason why a meal should be required for me to have a couple dignified drinks at a table properly distanced from the next table over (maybe even sit and read a paper--remember those?). A plate of deviled eggs is not going to make me invisible to the virus.

On a side note, a place in Newburyport wouldn't seat us on their patio for after-dinner drinks and dessert because their desserts were made at an offsite bakery--this shit has gotten absurd.

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Your post here perfectly encapsulates why I don't care if I ever set foot in a bar ever again. What's so great about overpaying for alcohol? That's really what you like to do when you spend time with your wife? Ugh ugh ugh. I'll take a home cooked meal and homemade drinks any day of the week, yes sir.

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The Phone Booth Bar.

Each patron gets their own phone booth surrounding the bar with a lazy susan for the bartender to deliver drinks to the customer. The phones can dial into any other phone in the bar. After the patron leaves the booth, a quick wipe down of all surfaces makes it safe for the next customer.

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Each booth has its own independent ventilation system, independent of the bartender, too. Fresh intake air could be blown in through the top, with outflow air ducts headed outside at the bottom. The bartending area could be overpressurized so that fresh air would push into the booths when serving to reduce worker exposure.

Just spitballing here - I'm betting that infection control folks working with field hospitals are way ahead of us on what the design could be.

Move over capsule hotels ... this is a capsule bar! The booths should seat 2, maybe a bigger even 4 if people have been distancing together or who choose to share air. This could actually be done with tents or tent fabric inside of a building.

Quick - let's patent this!

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The fresh air should enter in from the bottom and exhaust through the top. Similar principle to ventilation systems used in highway tunnels, but with lower pressures and flow rates. Also more efficient in cold weather months when heat is a consideration.

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A row of unmasked people facing you getting louder and louder the more they drink.
Sounds like a gruesome carnival game.

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I'd be wearing my SCUBA or similar filtered pressurized air supply.

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Not scary if you're ex-governor Paul LePage in Boothbay Harbor

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Walmart and Home Depot never closed during the scare. Good air purifiers or just campaign cash?

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“81 employees of one Massachusetts Walmart test positive for coronavirus”


“2 more Walmart stores in Massachusetts closed; workers to be tested for coronavirus”


It’s amazing what you learn when you actually read/watch news besides The Daily Stormer or whatever it is you use to get talking points.

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Yes, they sold food, but the rest of the store should have been closed off

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