Some restaurants are temporarily closing due to the recent COVID surge. Has it changed the way you dine out?

Tell us about your current dining habits.

Drink in Fort Point
Drink is temporarily closed until Jan. 12 due to a surge in COVID cases. Provided

If you’ve scrolled through your social media feeds for the past few weeks, you may have noticed an alarming trend. Amid the recent COVID-19 surge dominated by the omicron variant, restaurants have taken to Instagram and Facebook to share that they are shutting down for a few days or weeks, whether it’s because a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 or because they’re taking preemptive measures to keep employees safe.

“Once again, we find ourselves in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 cases,” Brookline’s Clear Flour Bread shared in an Instagram post over the weekend. “As ever, the health and safety of our employees and customers is our number one priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close the bakery and will reopen on Friday, January 7th. Thank you for your continued support.”

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Cambridge coffee shop 1369 Coffee House announced Tuesday that it has temporarily paused indoor dining for a few weeks after a couple of staff members tested positive for COVID-19, while Cafe Juice Up in Mattapan closed on Dec. 30 and won’t reopen until Jan. 8.

“It is our responsibility to ensure everyone is safe, including our community,” the juice bar shared. “We are now in the process of testing everyone and sanitizing our shop.”

Barbara Lynch’s restaurants — B&G Oysters, Drink, Menton, Sportello, No. 9 Park, The Butcher Shop — have all paused services until mid-January “as a proactive measure to help stop the spread.” Will Gilson’s restaurants — Puritan & Co., The Lexington, Geppetto, and Cafe Beatrice — converted back to a takeout-only model for two weeks, and will reopen for indoor dining on Jan. 6.

“It’s different this time and these miracle vaccines are keeping us from dying but not from getting sick,” Gilson shared in an Instagram post on Dec. 22. “In the next few weeks just about everyone will have a positive case or be affected by one. Daycares and schools will close. Delivery drivers will call out, warehouses won’t have workers, and the supply chain will kick restaurants in the butt for a few weeks straight. It’s been hell for restaurants and it’s certainly not over yet.”

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Unsurprisingly, the flood of temporary closures and indoor dining suspensions have caused some customers to adjust their dining habits, whether it’s led them to pause indoor dining and increase takeout orders, or simply focus more on cooking at home.

We want to hear from you: How has the latest COVID surge affected your restaurant visits? Tell us about your recent dining habits in the poll below, or send an e-mail to [email protected], and we’ll share the results in a future article.

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