In anticipation of 25% occupancy indoor dining returning at New York City restaurants on Friday, February 12th, we’re re-sharing the state’s requirements and protocols
As always, please review and implement carefully and responsibly, and be responsive to employees, customers and others.
- Interim Guidance For New York City Indoor Food Services During The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (on the last page of this document you must affirm that you will operate in accordance with the requirements – if you have not already)
CLOSING TIME – 10:00PM
All restaurants and bars licensed by the SLA must cease all indoor and outdoor dining activities by 10 pm daily. This does not mean that "last call" may be 10:00 pm, or that customers may linger after 10:00 pm while they pay their bill. The rule is that all customers must be out by 10:00 pm. More details. Some of the documents state that establishments must close at 12:00am, but they are outdated as an executive order supersedes that guidance.
To determine your maximum occupancy, you will use 25% of your Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of No Objection occupancy number. You do NOT have to include employees in that 25% patron number. (However, if employees are having a meal in the public dining area, then at that time they count towards the 25%, if employees are in a non-public area, they do not count towards the occupancy maximum.)
BARS INSIDE ESTABLISHMENTS
All physical patron bars must be converted to service bars only. That means no seats at bars and patrons cannot directly order a drink at the bar or be served a drink at the bar. All service is at seated tables.
Outdoor Dining Structures
If more than two sides of an outdoor dining structure are enclosed then it is considered “indoor dining” and the 25% occupancy and related requirements apply. Read more about how to calculate occupancy in an outdoor structure or indoor area without a certificate of occupancy or posted capacity.
Tables are to be spaced 6 feet apart. However, when that is not feasible, they can be closer if approved barriers are placed between the tables.
NO FACE MASK, NO ENTRY
Cannot allow patrons to enter the establishment, go to or from the bathroom, stand inside for takeout, if they are not wearing a face covering.
Closely review the air circulation and filtration requirements.
We recommend you contact the State of New York at: firstname.lastname@example.org or City of New York at SBS Hotline: 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).
Thank you for your support of the NYC Hospitality Alliance and commitment to safely reopening our industry. It will be a long road to recovery, but we are committed to fighting non-stop for the future of our industry.