As New York City prepares to reopen June 8 following the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Health released guidelines for restaurants with outdoor seating. Outdoor dining will be part of Phase 2 reopening, which is dependent on a successful Phase 1. 

Tables at restaurants must be six feet apart. And employees must have working spaces that are six feet apart. And customers must be allowed to enter to use the restrooms. Tables are allowed to seat up to ten people as part of a single party.

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Masks are required for customers unless they’re seated at a table. Employees must wear masks at all times and can suggest that customers wear one. If a customer is eating or drinking, they are not required to wear a mask. Governor Cuomo recently signed an executive order that anyone entering a store is required to wear a mask.

To help prevent the virus’ spread, restaurants are allowed to take the temperatures of workers, but it isn’t required. It is required that restaurants screen employees before each shift and ask if they’ve been feeling or have been diagnosed as sick.

The government is also encouraging restaurants to use single-use menus and condiment containers, as well as prepackaged silverware or prerolled silverware. Greenpeace has advocated against single-use containers because of the risk to the environment. If a restaurant doesn’t use disposable items it must clean them after each use.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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