Roadside Outdoor Dining Temporarily Suspend

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

Starting tomorrow, December 16th at 2:00pm, roadside dining will be temporarily suspended due to the incoming snowstorm

The City estimates that this Snow Alert will be over on Thursday evening at the earliest, however could last until Friday, December 18th based on the actual accumulations and roadway conditions. At this time, the City is not asking that restaurants remove any barriers or structures for roadway dining. 
See below for additional guidance from the NYC Department of Sanitation. 
During this Snow Alert:
  • Diners may not sit in roadway setups. Restaurants should remove or secure any tables and chairs in the roadway.
  • All electrical heaters in roadway must be removed.
  • If possible, restaurants should remove any overhead coverings, or regularly remove the snow from overhead coverings until the snow alert ends.
Restaurant owners may find additional information to prepare their spaces for snow here.
As a reminder, property owners, including restaurants with outdoor dining structures, may NOT push snow into the street. This impedes snow clearing operations and is illegal. Snow may be moved against the building, to the curb line, or areas on private property. Sidewalks should be passable for all pedestrians, including a minimum 4-foot clear path, where possible.
New Yorkers are also encouraged to sign up for Notify NYC, the City's free emergency notification system. Through Notify NYC, New Yorkers can sign up to receive phone calls, text messages, and emails alerts about severe weather events and emergencies. To sign up for Notify NYC, call 311, visit or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.

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