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Governor Cuomo announced yesterday a temporary extension of the Covid-19-lockdown policy that has allowed restaurants and bars to open outdoor dining areas on New York sidewalks and streets. This law, which takes effect immediately, will allow such outdoor areas to remain available to owners and diners in an effort to promote continued social distancing. In a statement released by the Governor, he points to the fact that “By extending the much-needed lifeline that allowed restaurants to use outdoor public spaces for seating during the pandemic, New York is ensuring that these small businesses will be able to continue to use these spaces as they work to rebuild and support the revitalization of the Empire State.”
This will give restaurants and bars some relief in the face of changing guidelines and restrictions, and especially as they wait for the Department of Transportation to announce the permanent Open Streets and Open Sidewalks Programs scheduled to begin sometime in 2023.
Although outdoor dining will be allowed to continue, the Governor unfortunately did not extend any alcohol to-go legislation, which was another lifeline for restaurants and bars during the pandemic.
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