Year Round Outdoor Seating
This morning on the Brian Lehrer Show, Mayor DeBlasio announced that the NYC Open Restaurants program will continue year-round, making our new outdoor seating areas permanent fixtures in our neighborhood.
Restaurants will be allowed to expand their outdoor seating and install heat lamps to keep customers warm. This, along with the return of indoor seating at 25% capacity on September 30th, is a great reason to get out there and support your local eateries!
See our list of Garment District Open Restaurants
- Open Restaurants program (sidewalk and roadway outdoor dining) will be made permanent.
- Expand seating to the frontage of adjacent properties, as long as the adjacent property owners formally agree to the use of the space for a specified period of time and a commitment not to charge a fee for its use.
- The City will be coming out with guidance for stronger, sturdier restaurant setup requirements in the coming week. We are working closely with DOT on this guidance and strongly urge you not to invest in new expanded space until this guidance has been issued.
- DOT will be issuing application forms that will need to be filled out in order to expand to the adjacent space. Restaurants should not expand to the adjacent space until the forms are completed. If you expand prior to filing out the forms, your setups will be subject violations as well as removal.
- Electrical heaters will be allowed on both sidewalk and roadway. Propane and natural gas heaters will be allowed on sidewalks only; they will remain prohibited in roadway seating. More guidance on heaters will be coming out in the coming days. We also strongly urge you to not set up heating systems that may not comply with DOB and FDNY requirements.
- Restaurants will also be permitted to use tent enclosures to keep diners warm. In partial tent enclosures, at least 50% of the tent's side wall surface area must remain open and electrical heaters are allowed. In full tent enclosures, the tent's side walls may be closed but occupancy limitations will be capped at 25% of capacity, and indoor dining guidelines must be followed; electrical heaters will also be allowed. Enclosed structures, such as plastic domes, will be allowed for individual parties and must have adequate ventilation to allow for air circulation.