7 Key Takeaways From New York’s New Outdoor Dining Rules
New York State unexpectedly announced Wednesday that regions in Phase 2 can begin outdoor dining as early as Thursday, June 4. Indoor sit-down service will still not be permitted until the third phase of reopening.
Alongside the announcement, the state released an extensive set of outdoor dining guidelines for restaurants and bars to follow. The guidelines emphasize social distancing in every aspect of service, and underscore that masks should be worn by employees at all times and customers while they are not seated.