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Outdoor Dining Legislation Introduced – Watch

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

We’re proud to announce that we’re participating in another virtual press conference with the City Council TODAY at 11:00am before the introduction of legislation requiring the City to create a system for outdoor dining.

The NYC Hospitality Alliance has helped lead the charge to open streets, sidewalks, pedestrian plazas and other public space to allow restaurants and bars to serve food and drinks in these spaces, as we explained in our co-authored op-ed with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson last week. 

We’re proud to announce that we’re participating in another virtual press conference with the City Council TODAY at 11:00am (CLICK HERE TO WATCH), before the introduction of legislation requiring the City to create a system for outdoor dining. The legislation establishes the following framework:

  • Provides for an almost immediate, temporary Sidewalk Cafe license for this season, for any restaurant or bar located on a street currently zoned for sidewalk cafes. No fees required. 
  • The Department of Transportation (“DOT”) identifies additional open spaces (all or part of streets, plazas, etc.) where outdoor dining would be appropriate, and where street users would be properly protected from traffic.
  • The Health Department creates safety guidelines to ensure that food service establishments follow proper social distancing and cleaning protocols.
  • Food service establishments would then submit a quick application to the Department of Consumer Affairs to operate on an open space identified by DOT, and/or if they're currently zoned for a sidewalk cafe, for a spot on the sidewalk. Restaurants could also operate in privately owned spaces, like parking lots, so long as they have permission from the owner. 
  • The program would expire on October 31, 2020, or when social distancing requirements are lifted. 

The NYC Hospitality Alliance thanks Speaker Johnson, the bill’s sponsor Council Member Reynoso, Council Member Powers who has been a strong advocate, Manhattan Borough President Brewer, and so many others for their support of this critical issue. We look forward to working with the City Council, Mayor de Blasio’s Administration and our statewide elected officials on making the critical outdoor dining issue a reality!


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