Colin James enjoys a beer while eating a plate of free corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day at Donovan's in Bellows Falls, Vermont before the state-ordered closure of all bars and restaurants for dine-in experience because of the coronavirus. Credit: Kristopher Radder | The Brattleboro Reformer via AP

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MONTPELIER, Vermont — Beginning Friday, Vermonters seeking to eat at restaurants once again during the time of the coronavirus are finally able to do so.

The rules that took effect Friday, allow outdoor dining, but restaurants must follow strict guidelines, including that tables be spaced a minimum of 10 feet apart and members of only two households and a total of no more than 10 people may be seated at the same table.

Disposable menus are required and disposable or single-use condiment packages are encouraged. Operators must maintain a log of customers in the event that contact tracing is required.