ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that will extend a pandemic provision that allowed businesses to use municipal space for outdoor dining.
Cuomo issued an executive order in June of 2020, allowing restaurants and bars to use sidewalks and closed streets for outdoor seating. The bill, S6353-A, extends that order for another year as food establishments continue to recover from the pandemic.
"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,” said Cuomo.
Business owners must still follow federal, state and local laws for using outdoor public areas, which includes the requirement to have a temporary use permit from the city or town to use the space. This allows localities to ensure the space is used safely.
Any businesses currently operating under the pandemic order allowing use of public spaces, can continue to do so unless their temporary license is revoked by the city or town that granted it.