BOSTON (AP) — Brewer Sam Adams is shutting down the roof deck patio of its Boston Tap Room to protect guests and employees because of what it describes as “influx of out-of-state visitors from COVID-19 hot spots.”

The taproom opened in February, but was closed because of the pandemic. It reopened about three weeks ago.

“While we love welcoming visitors to the taproom, we also know we need to do our part to keep everyone as safe as possible,” the company said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Beer aficionados can still sample the brewer's offerings. The tap room is offering contactless pickup for online orders of Sam Adams merchandise and beers, including varieties exclusive to the taproom.

“We’ll continue to monitor trends and will reopen our rooftop patio when we believe it is in the best interest of our drinkers and coworkers," the company said.

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NO SWAN BOATS

There will be no Swan Boat rides in the Boston Public Garden this summer for the first time in nearly a century and a half.

The Paget family, which has run the iconic Boston tradition since 1877, said on its website that under current coronavirus safety guidelines, it is impossible to offer the rides this summer.

“Our business is a small and intimate environment that brings people together in a memorable way," the famiy said. “As a result, we face some unique challenges in our operation that make it diffuclt to assure the level of safety we are committed to providing.”

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