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Sam Adams says influx of patrons from coronavirus hotspots forcing it to shut its Faneuil Hall taproom to on-site consumption

Sam Adams announced today that it's closed its tap room next to Faneuil Hall to on-site patrons over Covid-19 concerns caused by having too many patrons from places where the virus is out of control.

The brewery had re-opened the patio there just three weeks ago; it remains open for contact-less pickup by people who order beer online.

Upon further reflection, we have made a tough decision. Due to the influx of out-of-state visitors from COVID-19 hotspots to our taproom, we are closing our rooftop patio out of an abundance of caution for our guests and coworkers. While we love welcoming visitors to the taproom, we also know we need to do our part to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Starting this week, the Samuel Adams Boston Taproom will be closed to outdoor seating and on-site enjoyment.

Massachusetts has asked people arriving here from outside New England, New York and New Jersey to self quarantine for two weeks after they arrive here, but has never done anything to try to ensure they do so.

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before the restaurants are outdoor only. I give it two weeks.

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Since May people on UHub have predicted the big wave of new cases in Massachusetts is about to hit. First it was memorial day, then various re-openings, then it was the 4th, etc. Yet for the past month the number of new cases per day has been pretty low, roughly 200 +/- 75. There hasn't been a substantial increase since late April.

So it's not going away but as of yet the 2nd big wave has not hit the Mid-Atlantic or NE states.

It stands to reason that sooner or later the huge case loads from the South and West will come to New England but so far there's no evidence that the gradual reopening is failing. The curve has been flattened and will stay low if people take reasonable precautions.

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Now let’s step on the curve’s neck and watch its life force drain from its hellish eyes.

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maybe could have gone with a different metaphor there

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I gave you a thumbs up. This metaphor stems from a recent episode of HBO’s PERRY MASON lingering fresh in my psyche. It’s not my intent to draw a parallel to recent extra judicial executions by police and I apologize for not considering how this would be read in July of 2020.

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1792 cases. Confirmed and probable. Highest since 6/18
Seven days ending 7/5....1307
How is that flat?

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If you limit that to just middlesex and Suffolk and Norfolk, the numbers are 550 on 7/5 and 919 today. Up 67%!

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Like I said, about 200 per day. It's not 0 but it's also not 15000 like Florida and way, way down from the peak in April. Don't let your guard down but the likelihood of getting it locally is still pretty low. There isn't evidence reopening slowly has caused a spike.

Since MA can't wall off the border and a full scale lock down is unlikely, there no chance it's going to be eliminated in the state. There is just too much movement.

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look at the Arrivals page on Logan's website. Miami, Orlando, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, Jacksonville, Orlando, Orlando, Orlando - it's like nervously watching the harbor in Genoa in 1347

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Yup I know of someone coming this way from Florida in a week. She has no plan to quarantine since she will only be here for a week. Oh and coming here to attend a large gathering to celebrate a graduation.

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To Charlie Baker, who will do nothing, because he's a coward.

Other states have fines in place for this sort of behavior.

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It appears that this a*shole doesn't give a wet rat's ass about anybody except herself! People like that are disgusting.

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Yup and everyone attending the party is ok with it. “Oh there’ll be hand sanitizer and masks for people who want them.”

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Report the large gathering in advance to local authorities, and mention that people from out-of-state hotspots who have not quarantined will be there.

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That could indicate a problem or it could be town health officials clearing a backlog of reporting before vacation.

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We once had the lowest virus reproduction rate in the country and now we are 16th. We have gone from less than one person contracting the virus from each person who has it to more than one and that means it is spreading.

https://rt.live/

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at the BI today and he said that the hospital does not expect that what is happening in Florida and Arizona will happen here.

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Most countries that got hit hard and got things under control have managed to keep it under control while still opening the same sorts of businesses as MA.

The only places that are going to hell are states that never took it seriously.

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Like Florida, Texas and California, for example. People don't give a shit about others.

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I'm curious about his reasoning. Granted we've been doing things differently, but if we continue to reopen business sectors, that sorta goes away, no?

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Even as businesses are reopen, everyone is required to wear a mask. Big gatherings (concerts, bars) are still prohibited. In restaurants people need to be spaced out. No officials in MA are suggesting a full reopening to what existed in February.

Before COVID people would "tough it out" if they felt sick. Now people are much more aware of the possible signs and stay home. That won't help asymptomatic people, but it will still cut down the number of people who spread the virus.

The CDC has said the virus would be under control if people just wore a mask.

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I was asking the previous poster what his cardiologist's reasoning was for his statement. I don't necessarily disagree with your arguments, although there's some built in assumptions that I would question. But I was asking someone else.

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Supposedly. I still see people in stores with their noses uncovered, or towing their multiple, unmasked children, or with no masks themselves. Universal compliance would seriously restrict the spread of the virus. Spotty compliance is less effective. There are no real consequences for people ignoring the mask directive.

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which is the actual goal isn't it? We had one day of no deaths - the next day it was double the total from the day before the zero death day. The numbers are still low but not diminishing - the real test will be how the curve looks in the next 2 weeks.

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Baker and the Globe have been giving a false sense of security recently by omitting probable cases in the last week. Confirmed and probable were reported together in the daily headline in the Globe until recently. This has resulted in a lower number to people who are just looking at that headline. When i asked the Globe why they changed their reporting style, they said Baker started reporting them separate. Which seems like a lazy or complicit reason.
While it's not a huge difference, it will slow people to noticing an uptick in a state that is still allowing indoor dining and bars (if they serve any food) while New York state is still holding off on those high risk openings.

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Probable cases do not meet my standard of active infections. I am not a public health expert but the standard the state is using for "probable" is a positive ANTIBODY test with reported symptoms. So it's likely they were actively infected previously, yes. But if they aren't testing positive on a diagnostic test, we have no information to suggest they are actively contributing to the spread of the virus at this point.

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If there were no working test, would that mean that COVID didn't exist?

A test isn't a 100% perfect result, positive or negative. Neither is a doctor looking at symptoms and making a diagnosis. The test is more reliable, but the absence of a test doesn't mean nobody is sick.

Probable is a perfectly fine metric for totals. It's a count done by medical professionals using their best judgment and the tools they have available at the moment.

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The virus deniers think that the media are purposely over-counting cases to screw Trump. (False.) To be absolutely above reproach, the Globe began primarily listing confirmed cases. (Fair enough.)

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Fuck Koch and his over-hopped Trump's-toupee-paste tastin' swill.

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Sam Adams is worlds better than those InBev Budweiser brews. Or (gag) Schlitz.

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If that bar were any lower, it would be underground.

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Why was it allowed to open in the first place? What makes it not subject to the bar ban?

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