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Thank you so much for considering a visit to Nashoba Valley winery. These are very difficult time for the restaurant/tourism business and it is especially difficult for family owned farms. We appreciate the support that we have received and we thank everyone that appreciate all of the changes that we have been required to institute for the safety of our visitors and staff.

Below are the guidelines issued by Governor Baker which are intended to prevent the spread of the virus.  The purpose of the guidelines is to limit the number of people in contact with each other. Large gatherings (greater than 6), are prohibited by law.   Grouping of tables, allowing or accommodating groups to be seated near each other, is a violation of the law.  Putting two tables together or next to each other is equivalent to creating an atmosphere where people will move from one table to another and forget to respect the guidelines. Difficult times make difficult decisions but we are comfortable running our business as Governor Baker would like us to run it and in a manner that is contributing to the effort to stop the spread of the virus.   While we do not expect everyone to agree with our decision, we do ask that you respect our decision by not attempting to circumvent rules that we intend to strictly enforce.

Guidelines issued by Governor Baker, all establishments serving alcoholic beverages must

  • Limited reservations to 6 people or less

  • Must have all customers seated.

  • Must require everyone at the table to order food prepared by the restaurant’s kitchen prior to serving any alcoholic beverage.

  • Effective Tuesday, August 11, 2020, aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and has now mandated that Restaurants may only serve alcohol for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site.

Definitions:

People include children and babies. We are unaware of any exemption to this rule for larger families or groups living together.

Seated means that all people, children, and babies, must be seated at the table at all times except for necessary travel to and from the table. People are not permitted to be away from the table or to run around the table.  If we see a person moving from one table to another, service to both tables will be terminated immediately.  Items ordered will be packed and prepared to go for off-site consumption and everyone at both tables will be asked to leave.  If you feel that this approach is harsh then the simple solution is to comply or find a location that does not consider the threat of Covid-19 to be concerning.

Food prepared by the restaurant – “Restaurant” means an establishment that provides seated food service that is prepared on-site and under a retail food permit issued by a municipal authority pursuant to 105 CMR 590.000. Potato chips, pretzels, and other similar pre-packaged, shelf-stable foods, or other food prepared off-site do not constitute food “prepared on-site.”

Our goal is to be the most responsible business we can be by adhering to the guidelines and accepting the responsibility to apply the guidelines in a way that will achieve the intended objective. It is not only for your health but for the health and safety of our staff. We are comfortable with being overly cautious and overly concerned. Please appreciate that many people support our decision and our approach so allowing deviations from our policy is also a violation of their trust. We will modify our approach when Governor Baker provides more guidance or determines that we have the virus under control.

Please join with us to follow the rules and move forward.