Updated: June 03, 2020 10:15 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 02:24 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Outdoor dining at restaurants will be allowed under Phase Two of New York state's phased reopening plan, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
The governor’s office says outdoor dining will be allowed for regions in Phase Two beginning Thursday, June 4.
The Finger Lakes region advanced to Phase Two last Friday. The Capital Region, Central New York, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier, and Western New York will also be able to resume outdoor dining Thursday.
“COVID-19 is still a real threat and we’re still battling it. I know it’s not on the front pages today, but it is still in people and society,” Cuomo said. “But thanks to the people of New York and the nurses, doctors and essential workers, today we have the lowest number of hospitalizations ever and we have the lowest death toll ever. We are continuously evaluating activities that can be safely reopened, and today we are adding outdoor seating at restaurants to phase two.”
Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.
Though restaurants can offer the service starting Thursday, not all restaurants have a plan in place yet.
"I don't know at what level will be able to open up, at what capacity," Rob Buono of Bay Side Pub in Webster said. "We are open now, for dinner, for takeout only. Tomorrow will probably be still doing takeout but only and provide you the sit-down but I don't think our table service available for people at this point tomorrow for the patio will be open if you want to eat and drink so that's gonna do immediately that's the minimum so it's all hands. I've got a lot of phone calls to make."
The state released a set of guidelines for restaurants to follow.
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