Covid19: NYC Reopening plans for outdoor dining

Scientists contend that COVID-19 is less likely to spread outdoors than in confined spaces. So when it comes to New York City restaurants reopening for seated service, the question isn’t whether outdoor seating will be a major component, but rather how the new policies will be implemented. Yesterday, New Yorkers got a first glimpse at the answer. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that restaurants in the state could offer outdoor dining upon reaching Phase Two of the coronavirus reopening plan, pending approval of local authorities. So, the next day, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined what those guidelines would look like in New York City. Restaurants will still have to adhere to the state’s policies—which include tables being placed six-feet apart and masks for staff and customers who aren’t seated—but the city has proposed additional changes to make providing outdoor seating easier. Source: