New Yorkers will soon be able to eat indoors again, albeit under strict guidelines.
As of September 30th, New York City will allow dining indoors again, announced Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. However, some rules apply.
The guidelines are based on the data Revalued by November 1st. If the infection rate does not increase, restaurants can be allowed to use up to 50 percent of their capacity.
Guide to Indoor Dining in New York City
- 25 percent occupancy limit
- Temperature controls for all guests at the door
- A member of each group must provide contact information
- No bar service – bars are only used as service bars for preparing drinks and serving them at the table
- Mask compulsory if you are not sitting at the table
- Two meters distance for tables
- Restaurants close at midnight
- Strictly follow all guidelines issued by the state
- Restaurants should operate with improved air filtration, ventilation and cleaning standards
- Limited air circulation and ventilation with outside air
- In the meantime, al fresco dining continues
Melissa Fleischut, President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, said, “The ability to open limited capacity restaurants indoors will provide an economic lifeline for these restaurants as they all seek to keep their doors open during this pandemic. We will happy to work with relevant government agencies and hospitality partners to ensure all restaurants in New York City understand the rules. “