ALBANY — Restaurants will continue to be allowed to seat patrons on sidewalks and streets under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The practice was permitted under a recently expired executive order issued in response to the pandemic, when indoor dining was restricted. The law authorizes this type of outdoor dining to continue another year as the restaurant industry struggles to recover.
Restaurants operating this type of seating must comply with all local, state and federal laws and guidance, and obtain a temporary use permit from the local municipality.
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, a sponsor of the Assembly measure, said in a news release: “Outdoor dining utilizing sidewalks and street space has become a financial lifeline for restaurants during the pandemic. Not only has it helped hundreds of small, locally owned businesses remain in business, it’s also proved a popular boon to our local economies and ‘Main Streets.'”