You are reading

New York City Will Enter Phase Two of Reopening Monday With Outdoor Dining Open

Bar 43 in Sunnyside serving takeout during COVID-19 shutdown (Photo: QueensPost)

June 18, 2020 By Allie Griffin

New Yorkers will be able to dine out at their local restaurants Monday, as New York City begins the next phase of reopening.

Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed today that the five boroughs will enter Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan Monday, noting that restaurants will be able to open outdoor seating.

Barbershops, hair salons, offices, playgrounds and in-store retail will also reopen Monday, as well as real estate and car leasing.

“A whole host of industries will come back to life,” de Blasio said.

The mayor outlined the city’s plan to expand outdoor seating space for restaurants.

Restaurants will be able to take advantage of a variety of options, including sidewalks seating, parking space seating, open streets seating and pedestrian plaza seating.

Eateries with backyards and patios can also seat customers in their outdoor spaces.

“We think this will help save at least 5,000 New York City restaurants.” de Blasio said.

Restaurants can open sidewalk seating, beginning Monday through October and curbside seating in parking lanes Monday through Labor Day.

Seating areas in parking lanes must be blocked from traffic with barriers, such as planters, and can only extend the length of the storefront. Sidewalk seating must maintain a clear path for pedestrians.

Restaurant owners can apply online for sidewalk and curbside seating and self-certify within minutes online, de Blasio said.

Outdoor seating options for Monday (City Hall presentation)

The city will also allow seating on full streets closed to traffic through the Open Streets initiative it launched during the pandemic.

The open streets seating will begin in July, as the Department of Transportation and community groups identify potential roads. The seating will be allowed on nights and weekends, de Blasio said.

“We’re thrilled to offer the streets and sidewalks to help our cherished restaurants come back to life,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

An estimated 150,000 to 300,000 more New Yorkers will return to work in Phase Two.

The city has launched a hotline to help business owners navigate reopening and follow the state and city requirements. Owners can call 888-SBS-4NYC can visit nyc.gov/business for guidance.

(City Hall presentation)

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.

Decomposing body of adult found outside Rego Park apartment building: NYPD

Police from the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills made a gruesome discovery Sunday after residents of a Rego Park apartment building complained of smelling noxious fumes. Officers found the badly decomposed body of an adult lying in the bushes near scaffolding at 92-40 Queens Blvd. just before 1:00 p.m.

EMS responded to the location and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. There were no visible signs of trauma and no identification on the body, police said, adding that the sex and age of the victim has not yet been determined, according to an NYPD spokesman, who added that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.