Coronavirus Update 7.21.20

Baker Administration Extends Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures to October 17
Today, Governor Charlie Baker  extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days , until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020 , An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency , which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. The moratorium was set to expire on August 18, 2020.

The extended provisions include those which (a) prohibit courts from accepting or moving forward with non-essential evictions of small business tenants and (b) prohibit commercial landlords from charging late fees to small business tenants for failure to pay rent if the tenant provides notice and documentation to the landlord within 30 days that the non-payment was due to a financial impact from COVID-19.

To qualify as a small business tenant under the Eviction Moratorium, the tenant occupying the leased premises (and any party that controls, is controlled by or is in common control with the tenant) cannot (i) operate in multiple states, (ii) operate in multiple countries; (iii) be publicly traded or (iv) have 150 or more full-time equivalent employees.
During this 60 day extension, the Administration will consult with the court administrators and other stakeholders regarding programs and policies to help tenants avoid eviction when proceedings resume.

ABCC issues Advisory for mixed drinks to go
On July 20, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing on-premises licensees to sell mixed drinks for off-premises consumption for the duration of the Governor’s declared state of emergency or until February 28, 2021, whichever comes later.

Effective immediately and until the end of the state of emergency or February 28, 2021, whichever comes later, all on-premises licensees licensed for the sale of all alcoholic beverages or wine, malt, and cordials, may sell mixed drinks for off-premises consumption.

Click  here  for complete Advisory

Washington DC
National Restaurant Association Webinar: Blueprint for Restaurant Revival  
The National Restaurant Association Public Affairs team is hosting a webinar for members on  Thursday, July 23 at 4:00 PM (ET) . During this webinar, we will provide an overview of the Blueprint, the state-of-play in Washington, D.C. and close with Q&A.  Blueprint for Restaurant Revival
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Title: Blueprint for Restaurant Revival - A plan for short-term restaurant survival and long-term industry recovery
Summary: In this webinar, Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, will provide an overview of the “Blueprint for Restaurant Revival” released on July 15, 2020, to guide Congress and the Administration as lawmakers work to craft the next COVID-19 relief package. Sean and the Public Affairs team will take questions from audience members on the proposal, the state-of-play in Congress, and how best to advance the Blueprint in Washington.
Complementary registration can be found  here .
Massachusetts Restaurant Association
160 East Main Street, Suite 2, Westborough, MA 01581
Phone: (508) 303-9905