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LOWELL, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Governor Charlie Baker made a major announcement for restaurants in the Bay State.

He’s upping the number of people who can sit at a table together starting Monday.

It’s great news for restaurants able to welcome more people and it’s even better for customers, so bigger groups won’t have to split up.

For the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, people in the Commonwealth will be able to enjoy dinner by sitting in restaurant bar sections.

“While bars remain closed in Massachusetts, restaurants with bar seating may now use those spaces for food service with the right distance measures in place,” Baker explained.

Baker making the announcement during his coronavirus briefing on Wednesday. He also is adding to the number of people allowed at a table within six feet.

“Restaurants will be able to seat ten people to a table, which is up from a previous limit of six and that update will apply to indoor and outdoor events,” Baker added.

Although the new rules don’t kick in until Monday, Rita Caputo Capua, manager for the Red Rose in Springfield, told Western Mass News the larger tables will be great for business.

“It’s going to be awesome. We have had so many groups of sevens and eights walking in and we have split them into two tables and we try to keep them as close as possible and yet, you still have to have that six foot distance,” Capua added.

As for bar seating, the restaurant will be sticking what they currently have.

“I really like the tables up against the bar, I have just as many seats if I would have stools at the bar,” Capua said.

Again, the new regulations don’t go into effect until Monday.

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