Ed note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Brookline had set a 5 p.m. curfew on restaurants, because ye ed can't read.
Brookline officials today banned lines of more than 10 people at restaurants and bars - but has lifted its ban on styrofoam containers, to help restaurants speed up preparation of takeout and delivery orders - as part of a town declaration of a state of emergency due to Covid-19.
All restaurants have to close their dining areas at 5 p.m. today, as part of the governor's ban on restaurant dining. Takeout and delivery can continue, but with the line provision - which applies to both the inside and outside of establishments.
To further speed things up, town police and the DPW will be marking off parking spaces near restaurants for use only by people picking up food.