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Mayor de Blasio Unveils Plan to Expand Restaurant Outdoor Seating for Phase Two

Outdoor sidewalk seating at Blend Astoria shown here in July 2018 (Google Maps)

June 4, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the city’s plan today to expand outdoor seating for restaurants, which are expected to reopen for dining in July after being shuttered for months.

New York City will begin reopening parts on its economy Monday in what is known as phase one of reopening. Restaurants and other many other businesses will follow in phase two, which may begin as early as the beginning of July, de Blasio said today.

During phase two, eateries — which have been limited to take-out and delivery only during the coronavirus pandemic — will be able to create outdoor seating space without going through the city’s cumbersome permit application process.

The outdoor seating will allow restaurant patrons to safely social distance from one another to prevent the virus from spreading. Research shows that COVID-19 is less likely to infect people outdoors.

“Our Open Restaurants plan will help these businesses maximize their customer base while maintaining the social distancing we need to beat this crisis once and for all,” de Blasio said.

The city will allow sidewalk seating for restaurants as long as there is a clear path for pedestrians and people with disabilities.

Eateries in commercial corridors will also be able to convert parking spaces to outdoor seating areas for patrons by registering online. They cannot block hydrants or bus stops and must ensure seating is located away from intersections, de Blasio said.

(NYC.GOV)

Lastly, establishments located within the confines of the “open streets” plan will be able to set up seating areas directly in front of their venue on the roadbed. The city has converted more than 45 miles of city streets from vehicular use to exclusive pedestrian and cyclist use through the open streets plan.

The city will also identify and close off traffic along commercial strips with a large number of restaurants and bars as it expands the open streets initiative in the coming weeks and months.

“This plan will enliven our commercial corridors and provide businesses with a much-needed opportunity to generate further revenue while maintaining safety,” said Jonnel Doris, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

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FedUp

Yeah, all that outdoor dining is gonna be great when a thunder storm comes through.

New York is governed by nitwits.

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ASensibleMan

The virus is over. It’s been over since April. Were it not for cowardly, calculating political swine like Cuomo, DeBlasio and a host of others, the city and state could have returned to normal on May 1. Anybody paying attention at that time could tell. Yet here we are, the lockdown in one form or other stretching into the distance. The half-baked, utterly infantile “social distancing” nonsense will simply serve to destroy even more small businesses, just as the needless lockdown set off rioting across the nation.

From the WHO to the CDC on down, it’s all been a giant cascade of lies. And all to get Trump.

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AMoreSensibleMan

You’re really an absolute dumb a**, you know that! The virus is over, huh?

Then why did my 31 year old sister-in-law die from it three weeks ago?
Why did my friend’s mom die from it?
Why did my neighbor’s dad die from it?

These people weren’t terminally ill. They weren’t in a nursing home. They didn’t have cancer. They didn’t have diabetes. My sister-in-law sure as hell didn’t leave two kids behind to screw over Trump!

This is heartbreaking and painful and real and here you are, telling people it’s over… that the city is being cowardly when they’re trying to protect more people from catching the virus and spreading it…

You’re a complete fool. A little man behind a keyboard. You’re the real coward. I just hope you get yours soon and I won’t have to see your garbage anymore.

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