By adamg on Sat, 04/25/2020 - 10:01am
Boston yesterday announced regulations that will let restaurants sell groceries during the Covid-19 crisis - after they get file for and get a license from the city licensing board, which will require submitting an "operational plan" showing how the restaurants will handle the retail food safely.
In a statement, Mayor Walsh said the move will both help support restaurants slammed by the loss of dining residents and residents in need of fresh food - and will make supermarkets safer:
By allowing restaurants to also sell grocery and other essential items, we can help address social distancing concerns in grocery stores while supporting restaurants and food businesses during these unprecedented times.
In addition to the license, restaurants will also have to post signs or labels detailing the provenance of the food and an "ingredient statement" - to make up for the fact that the commercial food supplies restaurants typically get do not have the sort of nutritional information typically found on retail food products sold in supermarkets.