Today the NYC Hospitality Alliance's Andrew Rigie spoke at a City Hall press conference alongside Mayor de Blasio announcing the City's outdoor dining program that will begin when we enter Phase 2 on Monday, June 22.
Breaking News: Outdoor Dining is Official
By NYC Hospitality Alliance
The Alliance has been a leading advocate for outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know small businesses need to generate revenue if they stand any chance of survival when they're not allowed to operate their indoor restaurant and bar operations, and eventually will only be permitted to operate at a 50% reduced occupancy for some time. Outdoor dining will provide thousands of restaurants the ability to generate additional revenue that is desperately needed, bring more New Yorkers back to work, provide a greater comfort/safety level to customers who prefer to eat and drink in outdoor spaces, and bring a vibrancy back to the city streets as we enter our journey into recovery. Today's announcement is major news and would not have been possible without your support and participation with the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
We deeply thank Mayor de Blasio and his administration for their partnership in implementing this outdoor dining program, Speaker Johnson for helping bring this vital issue to the forefront, elected officials, business associations, community boards, BIDS, of course Alliance members, and so many others for helping make outdoor dining a reality. A special thanks to our counsel Rob Bookman and The Alliance team for all their work on outdoor dining.
The NYC Hospitality Alliance is committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure this critical outdoor dining program is a successful for our City.
Click HERE to view press conference (starts at 12:30 in the video)