New York City COVID Restaurant Rules: Is Indoor/Outdoor Dining Allowed?

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 restrictions for Big Apple restaurants and bars.
December 11, 2020, 10:15 PM UTC
New York City COVID Restaurant Rules: Is Indoor/Outdoor Dining Allowed?

New York City has recently crossed the three percent on a seven-day rolling threshold, which means schools are now closed (or at least, Governor Cuomo is allowing districts to make the call to close). Are restaurants next? City officials seem to think so. In an effort to help operators stay on top of the latest guidelines, we’re tracking updates from said officials regarding dining regulations in New York City. 

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Is indoor dining allowed in New York City?

No. As of December 11th, Governor Cuomo shut down all indoor dining in the state for the second time.

Prior to that, restaurants and other food service establishments are allowed to reopen for indoor dining as long as the space does not exceed 25% maximum capacity. But effective Friday, November 13, all bars and restaurants as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment were required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

Restaurants are allowed to provide curbside, food-only pickup or delivery after 10 p.m

Is outdoor dining allowed in New York City?

Yes. Currently, NYC restaurants can open for table service in outdoor areas only. “Outdoor space” is an open-air space without a fixed roof. Outdoor spaces may include public sidewalks, curb lanes or other approved areas, and outdoor private areas on premises.

Is indoor bar service allowed in New York City?

Yes. But only in establishments where food is served and customers must be seated.  Restaurants and bars are prohibited from operating “walk-up” bars. Like restaurants, bars as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment are now required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. 

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