The NYC Hospitality Alliance is happy to announce that our advocacy helped extend outdoor dining, roadway seating
The NYC Hospitality Alliance is happy to announce that our advocacy helped extend outdoor dining, roadway seating (parking spots) until October 31st. Before this extension, which was announced today by Mayor de Blasio roadway seating was only permitted until September 8th, while sidewalk seating in the Open Restaurants program was until October 31st. We hope this extension helps restaurants not only recoup the expense so many have made in building roadway dining installations, but also helps because indoor dining has been postponed indefinitely. The Mayor also unveiled 26 more locations for the Open Streets and Open Restaurants program that allows restaurant seating options on car-free streets. We thank the Mayor for the expansion of this important program. Click here to read the City's press release we are quoted in.
While this is all very good news, we are keenly aware of the reports of inspections conducted by multiple government agencies of restaurants participating in outdoor dining, including the "24-hour notices to cure" with no written description of what needs to be cured, Cease and Desist Orders, fines and other issues that are creating confusion and frustration. Please know the NYC Hospitality Alliance is working with the City to try and rectify these issues.
Meanwhile, we continue to urge restaurants and bars participating in the outdoor dining to follow the requirements as listed on the Department of Transportation's website and comply with other applicable requirements, such as those from the State Liquor Authority. As you know, it is also imperative that all restaurant and bar staff, and patrons comply with social distancing requirements - we cannot stress this enough. You can find more information here and if you have questions, you can call the Department of Small Business's hotline, 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).