Massachusetts restaurant owners are fuming over Gov. Charlie Baker’s new coronavirus restrictions, which take effect on Friday. They say having to stop table service by 9:30 p.m. will lead to more layoffs and permanent closures.
“Closing at 9:30 p.m. is ridiculous,” said Damien DiPaola, who owns Carmelina’s and Domenic’s in Boston’s North End. “I lose two turnovers and do you know what that means? More layoffs.”
DiPaola said restaurants are being unfairly blamed for spreading the virus. He said he is most concerned about his employees.
“They are cutting us off because people are having parties, and in turn, we have to let people go. We have to tell them they’re unemployed, and not all of our employees can collect unemployment,” DiPaola said.