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Massachusetts’ Phase II Reopening Plan Includes Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

Liquor distilleries, wineries and craft breweries that also serve food have been included in Phase II of the Massachusetts reopening plan, according to Gov. Charlie Baker. The Governor issued a statement June 1 clarifying confusion as to whether craft beverage producers would be classified as restaurants, which will reopen in Phase II or bars, which are slated to reopen in Phase III.

The metro Boston area is known for its community of craft brewers, including Boston Beer Co., owner of Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. Beverage producers that do not also serve food, however, will be treated as bars.

On May 18, Phase I of Massachusetts’ reopening plan began with the gradual reopening of outdoor services, construction, curbside retail and office spaces. Gov. Baker is expected to decide on June 8 if the state will proceed to Phase II, which includes in-store retail, restaurants, lodging and additional personal services.

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David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector. Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA. David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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