The Boston Licensing Board has scheduled two emergency hearings on Thursday, one for operators of beer gardens and large outdoor dining places in the city and one for restaurant owners with liquor licenses in Allston/Brighton to "address the numerous complaints" the board and ISD have received over their operations in an age of Covid-19 and social distancing .
The beer-garden hearing starts at noon, the Allston/Brighton one at 3 p.m. Restaurants whose owners or managers do not call in can have their permission to operate outside revoked.
In June, the board held a similar emergency hearing for the North End, to discuss complaints that restaurants were jamming too many people into their then new outdoor patios.
The board said that complaints about beer gardens, other large outdoor areas and Allston/Brighton restaurants with liquor service include lack of social distancing in both the dining/drinking areas and lines to get into the gardens as well as the presences of both smokers and dogs in dining areas.