Last week New York entered Phase 2 of its coronavirus economy re-entrance program. During this phase, approximately 150,000-300,000 New Yorkers started going back to their office jobs. Mayoral approval was given to restaurants meeting the special COVID-19 requirements, so that they could use sidewalks or curbside parking spaces for outdoor dining.
Social distancing rules must be followed and face masks properly worn when within six feet of other people. Sidewalks, patios, backyards can be used. In two days’ from now (beginning of July) additional seating will be permitted in open streets and tables in pedestrian plazas can be used (private arrangement made between business owners).
It is hoped that these measures will keep 5,000 restaurants open and ensure 4,500 people do not lose their jobs.