Boston’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday announced decisions made in response to a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and the average positive test rate. After listing a number of recent high-profile gatherings, some of which have led to clusters of coronavirus cases, Baker announced that the maximum number of attendees for outdoor gatherings would be cut in half.
Restaurant rules are also being updated, Baker announced. He said bars have tried to skirt the regulation that allows restaurants to serve alcoholic drinks with meals prepared on site, according to Baker. Snacks like pretzels and potato chips don’t count as serving food, Baker said. “Bars are closed in Massachusetts and bars masquerading as restaurants also need to be closed,” Baker said.
BREAKING: Gov. Charlie Baker is putting the brakes on the state’s reopening plans and enacting new restrictions, citing a slight uptick of COVID-19 infections and clusters of cases tied to parties and large gatherings. #MAPoli
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