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Sam Adams re-opens Faneuil Hall taproom with limited hours

The local beer company reports it's re-opening the taproom it shut in March due to the pandemic, re-opened, them shut again in July because it was getting overloaded with tourists from states with high Covid-19 numbers.

The tap room will be open until 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. It'll be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Also,:

Things will be a little different than last time - we will utilize a mix of outdoor patio reservations and walk-in tables and we've revamped our mandatory house rules. Reservations are available for parties of 3-6 people and seatings are 1 hour and 45 minutes long.

Those rules include required mask wearing, required ordering of food with beer, no getting up from your table to visit other tables and no dogs.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.



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What about it's JP facility? Probably not because the tourists are gone.

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Boy will you look at the comment section dumping all over Florida in that linked UHub article. Those comments didn't age too well did they. Maybe before you crow about Massachusetts you should look at the numbers. Mass has more than double their death rate (134 per 100,000 to Fla's 62) and after Fla's summer spike, the daily deaths are now similar if not less than Mass. Not to mention Fla's unemployment rate is almost half of Mass too.

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MA suffered one of the earliest and largest outbreaks in the country. Our health care system was over capacity before we had a chance to ramp it up, leading to worse outcomes for all patients and a higher death rate. We also didn't yet know the best ways to treat COVID patients, which also led to worse outcomes and more deaths. States that had more time to prepare, and to benefit from lessons learned in earlier outbreaks, fared better. This was mostly luck, and if anything it's correlated with travel to and from Europe in February and March.

Florida's unemployment rate is lower because their unemployment system is a waking nightmare and it completely crumbled under the demands of the pandemic. People had no choice but to go back to work; good for Florida's unemployment rate, bad for public health. The number means very little and does not represent disparate large-scale economic impacts between Massachusetts and Florida. Florida's small business report the same struggles attracting customers as those in Massachusetts and everywhere else, and are facing similar large waves of closures and bankruptcies.

None of that has anything to do with the dangers presented by tourists from active hotspot areas. A bar patron this summer from Florida was more likely to be actively infected and contagious than one from Massachusetts, where despite our high unemployment rate and tragic inability to prevent outbreaks in nursing homes, we'd managed to get the virus mostly under control by then and were in the process of ramping down our surge hospital capacity.

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