ALBANY, N.Y. – Outdoor dining will be permitted during Phase 2 of reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
Cuomo says restaurants in the seven regions already in Phase 2, including the Mohawk Valley, can reopen for outdoor dining starting Thursday, June 4.
The restaurants must follow safety guidelines, including keeping tables six feet apart, and requiring all staff members and customers to wear face coverings when not seated.
"COVID-19 is still a real threat and we're still battling it. I know it's not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and in society," said Cuomo. "But thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever. We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to Phase 2."
Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says the city of Utica will allow restaurants to use public sidewalks as outdoor seating areas.
There is not cost to use the sidewalks, but establishments must fill out and application and present their certificate of insurance, and name the city as additional insured.
The application can be found at www.cityofutica.com.
Questions can be directed to Principal Planner Chris Lawrence at 315-792-0181.
Oneida County released the following guidelines for safely reopening restaurants: