Attention Food Establishments: NYC’s Open Restaurant Program – Temporary Outdoor Dining Seating to Allow Social Distancing During COVID-19 Recovery
About NYC’s Open Restaurant Program
NYC’s Open Restaurant Program is an effort to implement a citywide multi-phase program to expand outdoor seating options for food establishments to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. The City does not charge any fees to apply to the program.
Duration of NYC’s Open Restaurant Program
Roadway seating will last through September 8, 2020. Sidewalk seating will last through October 31, 2020.
This application is only for food establishments seeking permission to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk and/or roadway. You DO NOT need to apply to place outdoor seating on private property. To speed up the approval process, NYC is allowing food establishments to self-certify that they meet program requirements. Note: The City does not charge any fees to apply to the program.
For complete information regarding NYC’s Open Restaurant Program, please visit NYC DOT Pedestrians Open Restaurant.
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