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Statement on Outdoor Dining and Drinking

By NYC Hospitality Alliance

This is an extraordinarily trying time for the City of New York and we must run our businesses responsibly, in accordance with government requirements, while demanding that our elected leaders provide us sufficient support to save our industry.

"Covid-19 has financially devastated restaurants and bars, and New Yorkers have been cooped up indoors for months due to the pandemic, so we understand the dire need of small businesses to generate revenue and people's desire to socialize. But the videos on the news and social media of outdoor dining and drinking sets our industry back. Serving customers who hang out on the sidewalks and streets violating open container laws, and setting up tables before we are permitted, jeopardizes the progress we've made to flatten the curve. And serving patrons not wearing masks does not help either.
 
Restaurants and bars subject themselves to huge liability and possible suspension of their alcohol license. We also risk government postponing our reopening, which will deepen the crisis our industry is already in. 
 
However, this pent-up demand demonstrates why our restaurants and bars need a lawful, regulated outdoor eating and drinking system now, and must be provided clear guidelines and expectations on when they can open outdoors and inside.
 
This is an extraordinarily trying time for the City of New York and we must run our businesses responsibly, in accordance with government requirements, while demanding that our elected leaders provide us sufficient support to save our industry. Dire times demand bold policies and swift action, and the NYC Hospitality Alliance remains committed to support our industry through these trying times."

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