Today Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor dining at restaurants and bars may begin in Phase 2 reopening, whereas indoor operations may not resume until Phase 3.
Today Governor Cuomo announced that outdoor dining at restaurants and bars may begin in Phase 2 reopening, whereas indoor operations may not resume until Phase 3. Allowing outdoor dining to begin in Phase 2 is something the NYC Hospitality Alliance and other groups advocated for. NYC is scheduled to enter Phase 1 reopening on June 8th and at least two weeks must pass with certain benchmarks met before the NYC region may enter Phase 2. So, while this may be welcome news to businesses eager to reopen, it is very important to note that all reopening dates, requirements and guidance is subject to change without notice based on public health, scientific and other factors, including input and requirements from the City of New York.
With that said, this means that businesses may potentially resume operating their sidewalk cafes and other outdoor spaces at some time in June. This is why we need a swift passage of the City Council's legislation to permit outdoor dining in additional outdoor spaces to be fast tracked into law. The City Council hearing on the outdoor dining legislation is scheduled for tomorrow and the NYC Hospitality Alliance will testify in favor.
The following is the Interim Guidance for Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.