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Phased Reopenings & Outdoor Dining

Updated Monday, July 27, 10:45 am

New York Forward - Phase Four

New York City reopened for Phase Four on Monday, July 20th. Click here for the NYC Business Reopening Guide. Additionally, business owners can now request a no-cost virtual compliance consultation from the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) on how to comply with key City rules and regulations to avoid receiving common violations. Consultation Application

NYC Open Restaurants Program (Outdoor Dining)

NYC’s Open Restaurants Program is an effort to expand outdoor seating options for restaurants and bars to promote open space, enhance social distancing, and help them rebound in these difficult economic times. This program is designed to assist existing restaurants and bars that have been authorized by the Governor to re-open under Phase Two and want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. This program is only for restaurants and bars seeking permission to place outdoor seating in front of their establishment on the sidewalk and/or curbside lane. Applications now open

Open Streets: Restaurants allows community based organizations, including Merchants Associations or a group of, at a minimum, three (3) food service establishments (a "Restaurant Group") on a full block may express interest in offering seating on an Open Street by submitting an application, including a site seating and safety plan, detailed run of show, management plan, and outreach plan, to NYC DOT. Open Streets: Restaurants seating is executed through full block, recurring street closures that are planned for nights and weekends through Labor Day. Applications now open

Open Streets: Restaurants blocks will be closed to thru-traffic and there is no parking on Fridays from 4 pm - 11 pm, and weekends 11 am - 11 pm. Participating Flatiron & NoMad blocks include:

 DOT is enforcing the guidelines of the New York City Open Restaurants Program, focusing on roadway seating areas and ensuring they are complying with the safety requirements of the program. DOT will immediately suspend the Open Restaurants authorization for any establishment found to be out of compliance and such establishments must cease operations in the roadway area. In these cases, all furniture and materials must be removed from the roadway and the space cannot be used again until the establishment is able to achieve full compliance to DOT's satisfaction.

Please be sure you're following all guidelines New York City Open Restaurant Program to ensure continued operation. 

For more resources and updates pertaining to the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Resources & Updates pageIf you have questions or needs, please email the team directly: 


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