On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that outdoor dining would be allowed in the second phase of economic reopening.
Numerous regions including the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central New York have reached phase two, and advocates for those industries have called for outdoor seating as an option.
Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.
Indoor dining is included in the third phase of reopening, which could begin at the end of next week in those region’s with numbers that align with continuing reopening.
“COVID-19 is still a real threat and we’re still battling it. I know it’s not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and in society,” Governor Cuomo said. “But thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever. We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two.”
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