What will outdoor dining look like at local restaurants?

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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – For the last couple of months, we’ve had to either cook our food or get takeout.

But that will all change in phase 2 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan, when restaurants are allowed to go back to table service.

If all goes according to plan, you could be dining outside at local restaurants on June 8. At Johnny’s Bar & Grille in South Hadley, they’ve already set up all their outdoor tables, six feet apart from each other.

Andy Yee, Managing Partner at the Bean Restaurant Group, told 22News he’s excited to welcome customers back.

“It’s going to be the new normal but we’re just excited to get all the businesses back open and on a picturesque day like today,” Yee said. “I can picture this patio full and people celebrating and music, it’s loud and people just coming back.”

Yee told 22News, Johnny’s Bar & Grille will be following all the state’s social distancing and sanitary guidelines to keep the restaurant clean and safe.

You’ll be expected to wear a mask while moving around the restaurant, but not at your table. There will also be hand sanitizer stations available, and only up to six people per table.

Indoor dining will follow in phase 2, but the state has no tentative start date yet. Bars won’t be allowed to open until phase 3.

Governor Baker will announce next Saturday, June 6, what day phase 2 officially begins.

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