Coronavirus Daily Update 4.2.20
Coronavirus update 4/2/20

Breaking News: The Legislature has authorized the sale of beer and wine to go
The Senate and House have just sent legislation to the Governor's desk authorizing the sale of beer and wine for to go and delivery. Governor Baker is expected to sign this legislation tonight or tomorrow morning and the law will take effect immediately. This is a welcome relief for operators across Massachusetts.

Here is language that has passed and will become law:
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, during the governor’s March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency, an establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages or only wines and malt beverages on-premises may sell wine or malt beverages only for off-premises consumption subject to the following conditions: (i) the wine or malt beverage shall not be sold to a person under 21 years of age; provided, however, that any delivery of wine or malt beverages for off-premises consumption shall not be made without verification that the person receiving the order has attained 21 years of age; (ii) the wine shall be sold in its original, sealed container and the malt beverage shall be sold in a sealed container; (iii) the wine or malt beverage shall be sold as part of the same transaction as the purchase of food; provided, however, that any order that includes wine or malt beverages shall be placed not later than the hour of which the establishment is licensed to sell alcohol or 12:00 midnight, whichever time is earlier; and (iv) a customer shall be limited to 192 ounces of malt beverage and 1.5 liters of wine per transaction.

Hotel/Motel Guidance FAQ’s from State DPH
These FAQs clarify the terms of COVID-19 Order No. 21, as the Order applies to hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals including those arranged through on-line hosting platforms such as Airbnb or VRBO .
Employees having a difficult time receiving information about their UI claim? Individuals who fill out and submit the form below will be placed on a list to receive a telephone call from the DUA. Filling out the form is not filing a claim

Guy Fieri/Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
The application portal for The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund is open. Chef Guy Fieri is helping the Foundation launch a nationwide Restaurant Relief America fundraising campaign to raise money for the national initiative. Close to $10 million has been raised so far. To qualify for a $500 grant, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they:
  • Worked on a part- or full-time basis in the restaurant industry for at least 90 days during the past year
  • Had a primary source of income in the restaurant industry for the last year
  • Experienced a decrease in wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020
  • Live in the U.S., an overseas U.S. military base, or any U.S. territory
  • Are over the age of legal majority in their U.S. state or territory
Qualified candidates can apply at . Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

The MRA has sent an abundance of information on a daily basis the last three weeks. If you have missed anything, each daily blast is available on our website. Additionally, we have catalogued certain information into a easily readable links on our Coronavirus Resource Information Center

Massachusetts Restaurant Association
160 East Main Street, Suite 2, Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (508) 303-9905