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12AM Curfew Update and Reminders

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

As we reported, Governor Cuomo announced that effective Monday, April 19, the curfew currently in place for bars and restaurants will be moving from 11PM to midnight and the curfew for catered events will move from midnight to 1AM.

Here are a few important updates and reminders:
  • Midnight for Outdoor Dining: Great news, the NYC Hospitality Alliance worked with the City and the outdoor dining curfew will now be extended until midnight, from the 11:00PM curfew to avoid confusion with the state curfew, and to help small businesses, workers and customers, which we advocated for. If you operate a rooftop, backyard or other outdoor area which operates outside of the city’s Open Restaurants program, you are permitted to extend service until midnight too, but your business is still subject to all stipulations on your liquor license, including if it requires closing before midnight. IMPORTANT: With this added hour, we encourage you to continue to be a good neighbor and monitor your outdoor dining sound levels and be respectful of neighbors, especially in the evening.
  • The later curfew still requires that all customers have to leave your premise by midnight.
  • The NYC subways system is still closed from 2AM – 4AM, which may impact people’s travel so please take this into consideration for yourself, employees and customers.  
The NYC Hospitality Alliance will continue to advocate to appropriately lift the curfew, eliminate the problematic requirement that a “food item” be served with alcohol, end the rule prohibiting businesses from serving customers at bars in New York City, and a return to 24/7 subway service.
 
If you didn’t read our important update about the current state and future of outdoor dining click here.
 
We will keep updated.

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