Outdoor dining bright spot in gray days

At first blush, the notion of dining outdoors in November — in Boston — seems a bit off. But in a year in which very little is on an even keel, the idea could be a warm, bright note to the winter.

As the Herald reported, Mayor Martin Walsh announced Tuesday that the city is extending its coronavirus-era rules allowing more outdoor dining, to run through Dec. 1.

And as the temps begin to dip, Walsh said the city will waive the application fees for permits for outdoor propane heaters.

“Obviously outdoor dining is weather dependent here in New England, and at some point snow plows might get in the way. But I’ve gotten some reassurances from some meteorologists around the commonwealth that we’re going to have a mild fall and hopefully a mild winter,” Walsh said,

The coronavirus has taken so many communal events from us — the Boston Marathon, walks for charity, concerts, plays, festivals, you name it — that the opportunity to continue “gathering,” even if socially distanced, is welcome. The fact that it will be a unique, shared experience offers a chance for camaraderie we sorely miss.

Thumbs up, and pass the hot sauce.

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