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Berkshire Restaurants Adjusting As Baker Ups Indoor Seating Limits

Signs are taped to the inside of a glass facade telling customers that they must wear masks and remain six feet apart inside the restaurant
Josh Landes
Signs in the front window of Flavours of Malaysia in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire County restaurant owners are adjusting after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker relaxed COVID-19 related indoor seating limits.

For Chin Lee – owner of Flavours of Malaysia in downtown Pittsfield – news that the state is increasing the maximum number of indoor diners for resaturants isn’t exactly cause for celebration.

“If the governor increased it from six to 10 people per table, right, and then you can sit at the bar – but then we don’t have Plexiglas at the bar, you know, so it doesn’t make much difference to us because our restaurant is so tiny, right?" he explained to WAMC. "So the seating is still limited.”

Bar service will now be allowed in restaurants as long as customers are seated and at least six feet apart.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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