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The Tasting Room at Sip
Photograph: Courtesy Sip/Dan Watkins One of many empty dining rooms across The Hub

What you need to know about the coronavirus dine-in ban

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Since Gov. Baker’s ban on sit-down dining at restaurants and bars went into effect, Bostonians have found themselves having serious culinary withdrawal. If you find yourself trying to understand the latest developments while wondering what the deal is, we're here to explain.

First off, the basics: Gov. Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory and ordered all nonessential businesses in Massachusetts to close. Sit-down dining or consumption of any kind — in a restaurant, bar, cafe or patio (i.e. anywhere that normally offers sit-down dining) — remains prohibited through May 4.

Many restaurants have found themselves instantly making a pivot into takeout, delivery and curbside pickup. If you want to support your favorite restaurant but can't make it in person, you can still offer support by contributing to a fund, or buying a gift card or merchandise.

If you're running low on provisions at home, consider trying out one of the best grocery delivery services. Several top local breweries are offering delivery and to-go orders as well, meaning you don't have to go without quality beer.

Stay tuned to Time Out Boston for updates on the sit-down dining ban, as well as the latest coronavirus cancellations and postponements.

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