Government Affairs

Air Conditioning & Open Storefronts

The NYC Hospitality Alliance secured another major victory for our members now that a new law we suggested and advocated for has taken effect. Effective immediately restaurants are allowed to keep their doors and windows open when the air conditioning is turned on without being fined by the city.   As you may recall, The Alliance sprung into action when the City passed a law prohibiting restaurants without sidewalk cafes from keeping their french doors and windows open. This was a big problem for many restaurants because these open air features were built to provide a semial fresco dining experience for guests, which results in much needed revenue for the business and created new good paying jobs, The open air features are part and parcel for many restaurants and are not an incidental feature as they are to other big box stores that may blow cool air onto the streets to attract customers inside on hot summer days, which the law sought to prohibit for environmental reasons. 

The NYC Hospitality Alliance is proud that this regulatory reform we suggested and helped pass became law, because if it did not, it would have resulted in a significant loss of revenue to restaurants and restaurant workers. We thank Council Member Costa Constantinides for sponsoring the law and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the City Council for supporting this pro-small business and pro worker reform.

The NYC Hospitality Alliance takes issues related to climate change very seriously, so now that this law has taken effect we urge restaurants that take advantage of this exemption to the closed doors and windows law, to use their air conditioning responsibly during the summer months by not blasting frigid air onto the sidewalks.

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