Gov. Cuomo has signed legislation, allowing restaurants to continue to use municipal space for outdoor dining.
The legislation, according to the Governor's office was authorized as part of an executive order during the COVID pandemic, initially issued in June of 2020.
"As we build New York back better than it was before, it's important that we learn from the past and capitalize on those efforts that helped so many of New York's small businesses survive amid the global pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "By extending the much-needed lifeline that allowed restaurants to use outdoor public spaces for seating during the pandemic, New York is ensuring that these small businesses will be able to continue to use these spaces as they work to rebuild and support the revitalization of the Empire State."
The law also means that restaurants must adhere to all federal, state, and local laws, rules, and guidance, as well as properly permitted under a temporary usage permit.
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy said, "Outdoor dining utilizing sidewalks and street space has become a financial lifeline for restaurants during the pandemic. Not only has it helped hundreds of small, locally owned businesses remain in business, it's also proved a popular boon to our local economies and 'Main Streets.' This legislation will allow those restaurants to continue utilizing outdoor spaces for another year to help keep their doors open and continue to help them get back on track, and I commend the Governor for extending New York's 'open
The extension will last for another year.