Local Restaurant & Business Operations and Closures
- APRIL 3, 2020 - Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing on-premises licensees to sell beer and wine for off-premises consumption for the duration of the Governor’s declared state of emergency. Effective immediately and until the end of the state of emergency, all on-premises licensees (bars, restaurants, hotels, taverns, club and war veterans’ clubs) may sell up to 192 ounces of malt beverages and 1.5 liters of wine for off-premises consumption only as part of a transaction for the purchase of food.
- MARCH 31, 2020 - Governor Baker announced that the current stay-at-home advisory, closure of non-essential businesses, and ban on gatherings of more than 10 people is extended until May 4, meaning all bars and restaurants in Massachusetts must also remain closed for dine-in service until further notice.
- MARCH 15, 2020 - Governor Baker ordered that any restaurant, bar, or establishment, that offers food or drink, shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink. However, establishments may continue to offer food for take-out and delivery provided they follow the appropriate social distancing protocols.
- MARCH 31, 2020 - Governor Baker announced the extension of the non-essential business emergency order. The Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. The Baker-Polito Administration also updated the “COVID-19 Essential Services” categories for businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforce’s related to COVID-19 that are permitted to operate brick and mortar facilities during the emergency.
- Grocery stores are allowed to remain open but must implement various social distancing measures.
- MARCH 23, 2020 - Governor Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to cease in-person operation and directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay-at-home advisory for two weeks.
Orders from the Northampton Health Department
March 28, 2020
- Emergency Order Regarding Operations of Certain Businesses in Northampton (PDF)
All services offered to the public which cannot be provided at a distance of at least six (6) feet, are ordered to cease and desist. Such services and businesses include, but are not limited to hairdressers, nail salons, massage services, body art, body work, fitness centers, spas, etc.
- Order Prohibiting Entry into Restaurants for Take-Out Service (PDF)
All restaurants are to cease and desist from allowing customers to enter or remain on the premises. All customer orders must be taken by phone or online. All orders must be picked up curbside or delivered.
- Order Prohibiting Self-Service of Food and Beverages (PDF)
All operators are to cease and desist from allowing self-serve coffee, sugar and dairy (or dairy substitute). All food and beverages must be handled exclusively by the operator prior to delivery to the customer.